At least three people have been killed in an under-construction building collapsed in North Karnataka's Dharwad district on Tuesday, 19 March, DG Fire MN Reddi confirmed to The Quint.
So far, some 56 people have been rescued from the rubble and three were found to be seriously injured, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said on Twitter.
The rescue operations, which took place in Kumareshwar Nagar off Bengaluru-Pune highway on Tuesday afternoon, is still underway.
An NDRF team is also participating in the operation.
According to Dharwad District Surgeon Giridhar Kuknoor, 43 people have been admitted to the Civil hospital while 13 people have been referred to KIMS and SDM hospital.
As many as 10 ambulances and five fire tenders have been pressed into action to carry out rescue and relief operations.MN Nagaraju, Police Commissioner, Hubli-Dharwad said three cranes and four earth movers have been deployed for the rescue operation.
He also added that there is confusion whether there were four storeys or five storeys in the building.
An eyewitness speaking to TV9 claimed that the first two floors of the building were rented out by shops. He added that parts of the building were being constructed while shops were operating.
The ground floor of the building had two small restaurants and one medical store among others.
Apart from Dharwad district, additional rescue teams have been called in from neighbouring districts of the Belagavi, Huballi, Tumkuru, Chitradurga and Haveri.
According to fire management centre in Bengaluru, as the rescue is expected to take time, additional rescue units have been sent from Bengaluru's Peenya, Rajajinagar fire stations located approximately 450 km away from the location of collapse.