India building collapse kills at least 7

BROKEN beams and mounds of clay lay in heaps where a four-story residential building collapsed in the Indian capital, killing at least seven people and highlighting the dangers of housing for the poor.

Residents said they feared some people may still be trapped in the rubble from the decades-old building that fell last night in Old Delhi around the time people would have been home for dinner or getting ready for bed.

Rescuers using diggers to remove the debris on Wednesday freed a young boy who was trapped when the building fell in the congested Chandni Mahal area of Old Delhi as he was passing by.

The area is known for overcrowded buildings and loose wires crisscrossing narrow streets. Locals believed the building, erected about eight decades ago from old construction materials, had been undergoing construction work that might have weakened the foundation.

Police said seven people were killed and dozens injured, including four critically.

 Poor construction material and inadequate foundations are often blamed for collapses in India.

A building collapsed in November, killing about 70 people in the capital, where prices for both land and rent are at premium levels thanks to a fast-growing population of migrants seeking work.

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