COIMBATORE: Following heavy rainfall the textile city has been receiving, a service office building at the Coimbatore junction collapsed leaving two dead and one injured. The incident took place in the wee hours of Thursday. The building functioned as a parcel service office at the railway station. The public enter the premises from Goods Shed Road.
The deceased, one Pavizhamani and another Ibrahim were contract workers from Mettupalayam. Both were in their 50s and declared brought dead on arrival at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) after being rescued. Another migrant worker, Raju from Bihar, was also rescued. He suffered multiple injuries and was admitted to the critical care unit of the CMCH. However, Raju’s condition is stable.
As the building collapsed around 3:30 am, the three men on duty were reportedly trapped under the debris. As many as five fire engines and about 50 fire service personnel were involved in rescuing the men trapped under the rubble. A source from Southern Railways told DC that following the incident, the parcel service offered by the railways remained unaffected and operations were functional in a temporary location on Thursday.
Sources said that strong winds lead the roof of the building to fly. As the walls collapsed, the entire building came down. Meanwhile, kin of the dead demanded compensation, educational support for the children and government job on compassionate grounds for one member from the deceased family.