VIDEO: Four-storeyed building collapses in India, no deaths reported

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A videograb shows the building collapsing in the Chopal market area of Shimla.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

In a dramatic scene, a four-storeyed building vanished in thick dust after it collapsed in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla district on Saturday.

The police said the house collapsed around 12.30 pm in the Chopal market area.

The house was evacuated before the disaster struck.

The rickety building in the past week received a report about a possible collapse.

The structure housed a branch of a local bank, restaurant and a bar.

The authorities are inspecting other houses in the areas amid heavy rainfall.

On the other hand, around 59 people from 19 families in Shimla’s Mashobra were shifted to a safer place following landslides in close proximity to the three buildings, where they were living.

The district administration shifted these families to Panchayati Raj Training Institute, Mashobra, and Agricultural Training Institute considering the threat of landslides.

DC Shimla, under the State Disaster Management Rules, has directed all the 19 families to stay at safe places.

It may be noted that since the onset of monsoon, rain has caused extensive damage across the state with Kullu, Shimla, and Chamba among the worst affected districts.

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