6 Jul 2024

Gujarat Surat Building Collapse: One Dead, Several Trapped in Debris

A five-storey building in Surat, Gujarat, housing textile workers and their families, collapsed on Saturday afternoon, resulting in one fatality and leaving several individuals trapped beneath the rubble.

Emergency responders, including fire officials, swiftly arrived at the scene. They managed to rescue a 23-year-old woman, Kashish Sharma, from the debris, who was immediately taken to New Civil Hospital where she remains in stable condition. 

However, the number of individuals still trapped remains uncertain, according to the district collector. The body of a 25-year-old man was also recovered from the site.

The incident occurred around 3 pm at D N Nagar society in Paligam, Sachin. Rescue operations involved the use of JCB machines to clear the rubble and drilling machines to break large concrete slabs. As evening fell, authorities set up floodlights to continue the search and rescue efforts under diminishing daylight.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 6) Rajesh Parmar provided insights into the building’s occupancy, stating, “Each floor of the building has five to six flats, which were occupied by labourers working in factories at Sachin GIDC. So far, one woman has been rescued, while efforts are underway to rescue one man.” 

He further explained the difficulty in determining the exact number of people inside the building at the time of the collapse, as many occupants work day shifts in local textile factories.

The building's owner, Jay Desai, currently resides in the United States. Rekha Vijay Mahoto, a resident who works in a nearby textile factory, recounted her distress as she searches for her husband, Vijay Mahoto, who was home sleeping when she left for work that morning.

High-ranking officials, including Choryasi MLA Sandeep Desai, Surat Police Commissioner Anupam Singh Gahlaut, District Collector Dr. Sourabh Pardhi, and municipal corporation staff, were present at the site to oversee the ongoing rescue operations. 

Dr. Pardhi confirmed the building’s dilapidated condition and the ongoing debris removal process. He mentioned that teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were en route to assist in the efforts.

MLA Sandeep Desai highlighted the uncertainty surrounding the number of people trapped inside. He said many of the building's occupants were laborers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, some of whom lived there with their families.

As rescue operations continue, authorities remain focused on locating and saving any remaining individuals trapped beneath the wreckage of the collapsed building.

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