Hotel collapses in western India, 12 dead

Other News Materials 3 February 2008 16:22 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - At least 12 people were killed and several injured when a three-storey hotel collapsed in India's western city Ahmedabad, news reports said Sunday.

Municipal Commissioner IP Gautam was quoted as saying there could be more casualties. Firemen were removing debris and feared that some people could be trapped, PTI and IANS news agencies reported.

The hotel with a capacity for about 120 guests collapsed in the early hours of Sunday. The cause of the collapse was not clear, but could be due to structural defects combined with ongoing renovation work, a fire brigade official was quoted as saying.

Ahmedabad is the principal city in western Gujarat state and a major commercial hub in India. Chief Minister Narendra Modi announced compensation of 100,000 rupees (about 2,540 dollars) to the next of kin of the deceased.