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5 Nepalis dead in Goa building collapse
NEW DELHI, JAN 05 -
Five Nepali workers were killed when an under construction building collapsed at Canacona town in Goa, India, on Saturday afternoon. The victims were inside the five-story building as it collapsed at around 2:45 pm.
All the deceased Nepalis were from Dang district. The victims have been identified as Tara Bahadur Khadka (33), Dipal Oli (44), Sitaram BK (22) and Dipak BK (26) of Goltakuri VDC and Dambar Nepali (28) of Phulbari VDC.
It was feared that about 50 workers and security guards were buried in the debris in the collapse. Fourteen bodies, including those of Nepali workers, were taken out from the debris till Sunday evening.
“They had been sleeping in a room of the under-construction building after a night duty when the incident took place,” Guru Prasad Khadka, Tara Bahadur’s brother, told the Post over telephone on Sunday. Guru, who had been working in the nearby town of Panjim, went to the incident site after learning about the tragic incident.
According to Guru, the bodies are kept at a government hospital in Mathgaun. He was informed that the postmortem would be conducted on Monday.
Published 7 January 2014. The Kathmandu Post.