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15 killed in wall collapse near construction site in India’s Pune

MUMBAI: A compound wall near a construction site fell on temporary huts of labourers in the western Indian city of Pune killing at least 15.

The dead include three children. The accident happened after heavy rain lashed the city on Saturday.

A local official said that families of construction labourers were sleeping in the huts when the building wall collapsed in the early morning.

“We are trying to rescue people that are trapped under the wall and the soil mud,” said the official, adding “so far we have rescued three workers.”

Pune, where some information technology and auto companies are based, has been getting heavy rainfall since Friday afternoon and it could have weakened “the poorly built wall”, said a Pune city government official.

Every June-September monsoon season, India experiences fatal incidents of building and wall collapses as rainfall weakens the foundation of poorly-built structures.