An old three-floored building in Central Delhi’s Sadar Bazaar area collapsed on June 18, in an incident that was captured on video.
First, a portion of the building collapsed at 6.25 am following which around 8 am, the entire dilapidated structure crumbled to the ground.
"Three fire tenders were rushed. A portion of the building had first collapsed, but at around 8 a.m., the entire structure crumbled to the ground," an official added.
The building appears to be located in a narrow and garbage-strewn street. The debris from the first partial collapse is clearly visible while the structure that remains makes it evident that the building is old and weak. As the collapse begins again, a few of the bricks that can be seen just barely clinging on are the first to give way. That triggers a complete collapse, with portions of the building that had earlier looked undamaged also falling all at once, leading to a thunderous sound. The building's fall also appears to impact the camera as those who were filming it hurry for cover. At the end, what remains after the dust and soot clears is a ravaged power grid.
As per the Police, the building was old and none of the residents were inside it when it collapsed. The collapse caused no casualties. The Police did add, however, that the ground floor of the building had a couple of shops and other floors were used to store goods. The building otherwise was empty.
Several incidents of building collapse were reported from the national capital last year during monsoons. This is the second such incident of the day in Delhi. A few hours earlier a huge mound of garbage from a dumping yard collapsed in east Delhi's Ghazipur landfill site, killing two, while six were rescued by the locals.