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5 dead in Delhi building collapse

NEW DELHI: Body of a nine-year-old girl was on Sunday pulled out of the debris, taking the death toll in the west Delhi building collapse to five, even as the AAP government and the BJP-ruled civic body engaged in a blame game over the issue.“Body of a girl, who was trapped in the debris of the collapsed building was pulled out this afternoon. The victim has been identified as Aakanksha (9),” a senior police official said.

“No one else is fear trapped in the debris now but the rescue operation was still going,” he added.

50-year-old Om Prakash had succumbed to his injuries earlier today during his treatment following the mishap last night in Vishnu Garden area of west Delhi that falls under the West Zone of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).

The three other deceased have been identified as Sadma (20) (30), Beena (15) and Sarbati (33), while eight other persons were also injured in the incident, according to area district administration.

While two of them have suffered minor injuries, six have been injured seriously, and four of them have been referred to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for further treatment, it said in statement.

Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the incident, and accused the BJP-led SDMC of failing to ensure compliance with safety standards, charges denied by the civic body.

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