Up to 70 feared dead as chimney collapses in India

Rescue operations are continuing at a power plant in India after a chimney collapsed killing more than 30 people and trapping many others.

Rescue operations are continuing at a power plant in India after a chimney collapsed killing more than 30 people and trapping many others.

Heavy rain is thought to have caused the chimney at Bharat Aluminium Company in the state of Chhattisgarh to collapse as around 100 workers and engineers were there.

District magistrate Ashok Agarwal said: “The rescue operation is on. Ambulances have taken the injured to the hospital. We are doing our best to save the trapped workers. We are hopeful to get the debris cleared within two days.”

Reports indicate that more than 40 workers are feared to be still trapped under the rubble. Eyewitnesses revealed that hundreds of people came rushing out as the 100-metre tall tower came crashing down.

The chimney was to be about 275 metres high, but only 100 metres had been built before it collapsed.

The site of the incident is about 600 miles away from the capital New Delhi.

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