Scaffolding collapses; 1 killed, 32 injured in Chennai

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One person was killed and 32 others injured when an overloaded scaffolding of an under-construction building collapsed in Chennai, police said. The incident took place around 7:15 pm yesterday, TN Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said. "Unfortunately, one person identified as Bablu died. Twenty-seven people have been rescued and are undergoing treatment as in-patients at hospitals," he said. "All the injured are migrants," police said.

Apart from the 27 in-patients, five other persons were treated as out-patients, Radhakrishnan said. Three in-patients have undergone surgery, he said, adding that 12 others injured are undergoing treatment at a government hospital. CM Palaniswami has instructed that there was no need to shift 16 of those undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals at Old Mahabalipuram Road as the government would bear all the expenses.

The Kanchipuram District Collector, police, ambulance, and fire services personnel are working round-the-clock. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel joined the rescue operations late last night, the Health Secretary said. According to the police, a case was registered and an investigation is underway.

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