Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Mass evacuations after collapse

Dozens of apartment blocks have been evacuated after a building collapsed in New Delhi (AP)
Dozens of apartment blocks have been evacuated after a building collapsed in New Delhi (AP)
An injured child is carried at the scene after a building collapsed in New Delhi, India (AP)
Workers remove debris at the site of a collapsed building in New Delhi, India (AP)

Dozens of buildings near the New Delhi apartment block that collapsed killing 67 people have been evacuated.

The destruction of the crude brick five-storey building on Monday shocked the city and highlighted the dangerous housing conditions among the poor in India's capital.

Officials have arrested the owner and evacuated another of his buildings along with 37 others thought dangerous in Lalita Park.

A city spokesman said: "We have issued them notice to vacate their houses immediately for their safety."

But those forced to leave their homes said they had nowhere to go and piles of pillowcases stuffed with clothing, pots, pans and picture frames lined the area's narrow streets.

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