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Update: Seven killed, two injured in building collapse

14 February 2018 04:05 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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At least seven people had been killed and two injured when a single-storey building used to store spices collapsed at Babapulle Place, Grandpass this evening, the Police said.

The Police said three men and four women were among the deceased.

“The injured were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital.

The Grandpass Police and rescue teams are conducting further search operations,” they said.

It was reported that the owner was killed in the incident.

Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) had examined the crash site.

Residents told the Daily Mirror a nearby construction site could have caused the building to collapse. However, it was not confirmed by the JMO.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Air Force soldiers were also deployed to assist in the rescue operations.

Sri Lanka Fire Brigade Acting Divisional Fire Officer (Operation) R.G. Wijesuriya said six fire extinguishers were deployed from Wellawatte, Grandpass and Maradana units.

He added that they were able to conclude their operations within two hours. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  Comments - 8

  • TrueCitizen Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:14 PM

    This is a very tragedy!!

    ANTON Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:23 PM

    NOT ONLY THIS BUILDING, MAJORITY OF BUILDINGS IN THIS AREA ARE MUDUKKU TYPE VERY OLD ONES, DEAR ROSY MADAM, YOUR FIRST DUTY WOULD BE TO HAVE THESE DEMOLISHED AND BUILD NEW BUILDINGS.......

    jamXboree Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:22 AM

    Why would you expect Rosy to construct buildings for private establishments? Thats not what the Municipality is for.

    Arthur Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:27 PM

    Dilapidated buildings with absolutely no hygienic conditions and security measure are permitted to be used as tea stores. This is one of the reasons for theft of tea, adulteration and other malpractices affecting the image of our teas. It is high time the Tea Board drew up a strict set of regulations concerning these.

    Ceylon Wednesday, 14 February 2018 09:29 PM

    Sad.this is karma.no way can escape from karma.

    CEDRIC Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:09 AM

    THIS IS SRI LANKA THE TAST OF PARADISE , ASSTATED IN AIR LANKA ADVERTISEMENT.ANOTHER DAY IN THE BANANA REPUBLIC OFSRI LANKA. RULED BY CRIMINAL POLITICIANS.

    Ram Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:20 AM

    When excavations are done to build high rise buildings the old buildings around are at risk. This is an issue that the authorities must address ASAP. I have heard cracks appearing in new houses due to excavations for high rise buildings

    Appu Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:05 AM

    What a comment it is, when some people are in tragedy


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