Rescue workers try to remove the body of a victim from the
debris at the site of the collapsed building.
At least 15 workers were killed and many feared trapped
when a half-built apartment block collapsed in the Indian
resort state of Goa, police and media say, the latest disaster
to draw attention to safety standards amid a construction boom.
The multi-storey building in Canacona, just over 4km from the
popular Palolem beach in the western state, collapsed on
Senior police official O.P. Mishra said 15 workers were
killed and 21 had been rescued so far. Some media reports put
the death toll at 16.
Around 50 people were working at the site at the time and at
least a dozen were still trapped under the concrete,
according to witness accounts cited in media reports. One
report put the number of people trapped as high as 60.
India's booming construction industry is set to be worth $1
trillion by 2025, which would make it the world's third
largest, according to a report by Global Construction
Perspectives and Oxford Economics.
But this dazzling growth has often come at the expense of
At least 50 people were killed when a five-storey apartment
block in India's financial centre, Mumbai, collapsed last
A collapse in April killed 72 people in Thane, a satellite
city just outside Mumbai. Officials said the structure was
built with poor materials and did not have proper approvals.
Goa police have registered a case - using a process known in
India as a "first information report" - against the real
estate development firm building the Goa block.
"Legal action will be taken against all who are responsible
for this," Mishra said.