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article imageIndia hotel building collapsed, many people killed

By Eko Armunanto     Jul 8, 2013 in World
A hotel in Secunderabad, a city in Andhra Pradesh state, has collapsed and killed several people. Reports say the building was very old and the walls showed cracks. Several buildings have collapsed in India in recent months, many of them apartments.
Nearly 25 people were working at the hotel, City Light Hotel, on a busy road in Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh state when one of the kitchen walls gave way, burying staff under the debris. The collapses have highlighted pervasive poor construction standards in the country, where massive demand for housing and endemic corruption often result in illegal buildings and a lack of safety inspections.
The BBC said at least twelve people killed, while CNN said nine at least and Fox News reported five so far.
Police said more people were feared trapped in the debris of the hotel. Rescue workers were searching through tons of rubble, as family members of the hotel workers waited at the site for news. Three people are still trapped under debris, according to NDTV as cited by Aljazeera.
One local official said there were several old buildings in the area and that owners had been notified about their safety condition, but the 80-year-old hotel wasn't among these. This was because the building looked fine from outside, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Commissioner Krishna Babu told NDTV.
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