50 injured in Kulgam building collapse

KULGAM: At least 50 people, including 17 women, were injured after a rented Government school building collapsed in Nagam village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam town.

Reports said that a team from Electronic Communication India limited (ECI) had arrived in Nagam Damhal Hanjipora on Sunday to enroll the residents of the village under Adhaar Card Scheme.

The team had camped on the second storey of the school building. Eyewitnesses said that more than two hundred people crammed into the building and as a result the roof of the building collapsed leaving at least 50 people injured.

People including the ECI team fell down into the basement of the building while the computers and lap tops got badly damaged due to the sudden collapse of the building.

People including police party rushed to spot to shift the injured to hospitals. Hospital sources said that at least 50 people including 17 women were brought to hospital for treatment. “Two of the them namely Haneefa Babo wife of Abdul Ahad Khan and Abdul Ahad Malik son of Muhammad Ramzan both residents of Salamkani Nagam were critical and we referred them to District Hospital Kulgam,” one of the doctors at Primary Health Centre Damhal Hanjipora said.

Residents said that despite repeated appeals the Government did not take any step to construct a new building for the poor children of the area and they are forced to receive education at dilapidated private building.

“It was fortunate for us that building did not collapse during school working hours,” one of the residents said.

Pertinently, Aadhaar is a unique Identification number issued by UIDAI to individuals for the purpose of establishing unique identification of every single person. (CNS)      

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