5 workers buried in Guntur as clay caves in

Five construction workers including four women were buried alive and three others were seriously injured while digging clay at a construction site at Donka Road in Guntur city on Thursday.

Locals with the help of other workers extricated the bodies of the deceased. Acco-rding to the police, the accident occurred at 8 am when the workers, who were digging a four feet pit for the construction of a cellar at an educational institution, were buried under a deluge of clay.

The deceased were identified as Komera Lakshmi, 24, Komera Vara Lakshmi, 24, V. Nagamani, 23, Dera-ngula Prasad, 22, Komera Venkateswara Rao,18. Lakshmi, Vara Lakshmi and Venkate-swara Rao belonged to the same family. Three seriously injured workers Nageswara Rao, Venkata Narasimha Rao and Venu were shifted to the G. G. Hospital for treatment.

All the workers were residents of the NTR Colony in Guntur. Fire engines were pressed into service for the rescue operations.

One of the survivors, Venu, who was rescued by locals, said, “I was digging in the pit when suddenly a huge heap of clay fell on me and buried me. I could not even breathe. The locals saved my life. Thank God!”

The municipal commissioner Mr K. Sudhakar said, “The builder started construction without obtai-ning permission from the municipal corporation. We have suspended K. Srinivas, the municipal corporation building inspector responsible for the unauthorized construction.”

Incidentally, the construction site happens to fall within half a kilo-meter radius from municipal commissioner Sudhakar’s bungalow. “The GMC will file a criminal case against the builder,” he added.

The minister for rural development Mr Dokka Manikya Vara Prasad, the MLC Dr Rayapati Srinivas, MLA Shaik Masthan Vali visited the construction site. The minister announced a compensation of `25,000 from Red Cross society funds to the families of the deceased.

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