BREAKING: At least 17 killed including 4 children after wall collapses in torrential rains


A WALL has collapsed during heavy rains in the west of India, killing at least 17 people including four children.

Wall collapses in Indian city of Pune killing 17

TRAGIC: At least 17 have died after a wall collapsed in Western India following heavy rains (Pic: GETTY)

Dozens are feared trapped following the disaster at a construction site in the city of Pune, in the state of Maharashtra.

The 60-foot wall belonging to a residential building came down after almost non-stop rains in many parts of India, police said on Saturday.

At the base of the wall were many makeshift huts built for the workers at a nearby construction site in the Kondhwa area of the city.

When the wall came down it fell on the cheaply-made huts, crushing them.

Police say they fear the death toll will rise.

Wall collapses in Pune, India

ACCIDENT: The wall collapsed on a number of tin huts for workers at the base of it (Pic: GETTY)

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MAPPED: The disaster happened in Pune, in the western Indian province of Maharashtra (Pic: GOOGLE MAPS)

A residential official, Naval Kishore Ram, confirmed the wall collapsed due to heavy rainfall, and said those who died were mostly builders from Bihar and West Bengal.

He added that negligence by the construction company which built the wall is thought to be the main reason behind the tragedy.

Pune Police Commissioner K Venkatesham told reporters: “Firm action will be taken against those responsible.

“We will check whether proper permissions were taken and safety measures were followed.”


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