BANGALORE: A 65-year-old woman was killed and four others, including two minors, were critically injured when a building collapsed near Lingarajpuram flyover at Banaswadi around 5.30 pm on Tuesday.
This is the third such incident in the city in less than a month.
The deceased has been identified as J Mary and the injured are Gayatri (32), Nirmala (25), Jacob (9) and a month-old-infant. The injured have been admitted to a private hospital nearby.
Police said the two-storey building was built 25 years ago. Mary, who lived on the first floor was sitting near the staircase when the building collapsed, killing her on the spot. The others who were injured were living on the ground floor.
The fire department was alerted by the public. It took the fire personnel and the police almost four hours to rescue those who were trapped in the debris.
The police are yet to ascertain the cause of the collapse. BBMP Commissioner Lakshminarayana, who visited the spot, announced an ex-gratia of `3 lakh to the kin of the deceased and `25,000 for the treatment of the injured. Home Minister K J George visited the spot.
A man and his son were killed when a building came crashing down on their residence at Ulsoor police station limits recently. Another house collapsed due to incessant rain on Saturday killing an eight-year-old boy at HSR Layout.
Report on Buildings in 3 Months
Commissioner M Lakshminarayana has given the officials concerned three months’ time to prepare reports on old buildings in eight zones. Lakshminarayana said while both the incidents are unfortunate, the buildings were old and dilapidated, which caused the mishaps. He said, “Of the 16 lakh buildings that are there in the Palike limits, the officials will check the old ones for damage, the material used and its location.”