Mudslide at construction site in Kochi: 4 killed, one missing; District authority orders probe

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Kochi: Four migrant workers were killed when a huge mound of mud fell over them while working at a construction site in Kalamassery here on Friday. The four were in critical condition at Kalamasssery medical college.

The deceased are identified as West Bengal natives Faijul Mandal, Kudoos Mandal, Noujesh Ali and Noor Ameen Mandal. The search is on for Muhammad Noorullah who is still trapped.

The district administration has announced a probe by the Ernakulam ADM.

"Four persons have lost their lives in the incident. Two people are admitted to Kalamassery Medical College. As per our preliminary assessment, one more person is yet to be rescued from the debris," District Collector Jafar Malik told the media here.

City Police Commissioner C H Nagaraju told the media that sniffer dogs have been brought to find the missing person. He said all the workers at the site were from West Bengal and their identities are being examined.

Rescue operation at the site

Two workers suffered minor injuries as they were immediately rescued.

A section of locals alleged that the construction works were going on without the permission of the local body and without enough safety measures.

Malik, though, said the area comes under the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and all the permissions were given through single-window clearance system.

DC Malik said arrangements will be made for the inquest and transportation of the victims' bodies to their native state.

Co-workers of the deceased ones weep at the construction site

Minister P Rajeeve informed that strict action will be taken if any lapses were found in the security measures followed on the construction site.

According to reports, the accident took place around 2 pm at the construction site of Electronic City.

Fire Force and natives are engaged in the rescue operation at the spot.

(With PTI inputs)

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