Vizianagaram/Srikakulam: Bodies of four victims of the Chennai building collapse arrived at Vizianagaram on Tuesday, even as the death toll in the crash from Vizianagaram district rose to eight with the identification of two more bodies.
The rescue and rehabilitation teams working in Chennai informed the Vizianagaram district authorities that two more bodies have been identified Tuesday evening as that of Vanam Durga and Padala Chinnamma of Dattirajeru mandal in the district. Nine others from the district are undergoing treatment in a hospital in Chennai and two of them are said to be in a critical condition.
The bodies of S Ramu (33), M Ramalakshmi (34), V Sankara Rao (26) and M Saraswathi were brought to Vizianagaram town Tuesday and later shifted to their native villages in Dattirajeru, Jiyyammavalasa and Makkuva mandals. Two more bodies, of B Santikumari and S Jayamma, are expected to reach here by Wednesday.
Vizianagaram collector Kanthilal Dande along with chief executive officer of Zilla Parishad N Mohan Rao visited the kin of the deceased and the injured in Dattirajeru and Jiyyammavalasa mandals Tuesday and assured them of government help.
Meanwhile, labour and employment minister K Acchan Naidu visited the injured at a Chennai hospital and consoled them.
According to Tejbharat, a revenue divisional officer from Srikakulam who is currently in Chennai looking after the welfare of the building collapse victims, said altogether 56 persons have been rescued from the debris, 29 of them with injuries. Out of the 27 who died, 11 belonged to Andhra Pradesh.
A special bus has been arranged to shift some of the workers from Chennai to their native places in Srikakulam on Wednesday. The body of D Padma, who died in the incident, is being sent to Srikakulam, the RDO said.