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India: 15 killed construction disaster as Pune rains cause wall collapse

Three children were reportedly among the victims of a building site wall's collapse on labourer huts following heavy rains in Pune

A construction site wall collapsed in India's Pune city.
A construction site wall collapsed in India's Pune city.

At least 15 people have reportedly been killed in India’s western city of Pune after a construction site wall collapsed on temporary huts of labourers. with Reuters reporting that three children were among the victims, who were said to have been sleeping in their huts when the building wall collapsed on 29 June. 

The disaster followed heavy rains in the city, a fire brigade official said, as quoted by the news agency. 

A Pune city government official said heavy rains may have weakened the “poorly built wall”, Reuters added.

According to a report by Indian news outlet The Hindu Business Line, India’s annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country, coming as welcome news for the nation that has been reeling under the scorching sun for the past few months.

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