Bengaluru LPG cylinder explosion: Toll rises to seven in building collapse

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"We will give a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to injured", said George.

At least six people were killed and several others injured on Monday after portions of four residential buildings collapsed in southern Indian state of Karnataka, police said. The minor girl was rescued from the debris but she lost both her parents in the building collapse incident.

The deceased have been identified as Sharavana (30) and his eight-month-pregnant wife, Ashwini (21), Kalavathi (68), Hariprasad (19), Ravichandran (48) and Pawan Kalyan (18).

Initial reports claimed that the collapse happened due to a cylinder blast, but Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy later confirmed that this was not the case.

Authorities fear death toll would rise as some people are reported to be trapped under the debris.

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Eyewitnesses said the blast took place at around 7am.

Personnel of the fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force recovered the bodies including that of two women.

Following the incident, the administration rushed police and firefighters to the spot to carry out rescue work. The fire officials said that the incident occurred around 6.50 am when an LPG gas leak led to an explosion.

The impact of the blast has also damaged nearby buildings. While rescue and clearance operations are now underway officials confirmed the death of three people.

Bengaluru Mayor R Sampath Raj said four families were residing in the building.

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