5 dead, several injured as roof of Meerut cold storage collapses following explosion

Meerut (UP): At least five people were killed and 30 sustained injuries after an under-construction roof of a cold storage collapsed in Daurala here on Friday, police said.

According to reports, there was an explosion at the plant, following which the roof collapsed trapping the workers.

Senior administrative and police officials along with a team of the National Disaster Response Force have rushed to the spot, police said, adding 26 people have been rescued from under the rubble and efforts are on to find others.

Circle Officer Ashish Sharma said, “An under-construction roof of a cold storage collapsed. Workers and labourers working there were buried under the rubble.”

“Five people have been killed in the accident and around 26 people have been rescued by our teams. The rescue efforts are underway at the site,” he added.

Police are yet to identify the deceased and the reason behind the collapse is yet to be ascertained, officials said.

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