Two killed in Delhi's Ghazipur landfill collapse

Rescue operations underway

In a tragic incident, a part of the 50 metre high Ghazipur garbage landfill collapsed on Friday afternoon claiming two lives in East Delhi and sweeping several people on a road nearby into a canal.

Media reports said five cars were swept away into canal when the landfill site collapsed.

Rescue operations are now underway at the site and the Delhi police suspect that more people may be buried under the pile of garbage.

The deceased have been identified as Raj Kumari (32) and Abhishek (22). Police said the collapse took place probably when the woman victim was riding her scooter around that area.

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The garbage dump site is the responsibility of the East Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Another bike rider who had fallen into the canal has been rescued.

According to a fire department official, initially four fire tenders were rushed to the spot but later 11 more vehicles were sent. The official said that rescue operations were on and the death toll could go up.

According to the Newspaper, A team of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF also joined the effort in orange jumpsuits and masks, and large cranes cleared the road of trash. "Reason of the incident can be ascertained only after investigation", said Ranbir Singh, commissioner of the EDMC. A crowd gathered to watch, among them residents who have complained about the dump for years.

East Delhi MCD mayor Neema Bhagat confirmed that three people have been killed in the incident.

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