Bhubaneswar Airport’s Under-Construction Building Collapses; 1 Dead

Bhubaneswar: In an unfortunate incident, the roof of the under-construction building to link the terminal 1 of Biju Patnaik International Airport with terminal 2 collapsed leaving one person dead and while critically injuring couple of other persons.

According to sources, one of the workers got crushed under the collapsed roof and lost his life. The deceased has been identified as Antaryami Guru, a helper of a truck engaged in the construction work at the airport. Though the worker was rescued and rushed to the hospital, he succumbed to the injuries.

Similarly, a couple of other workers were injured in the incident.

As per the account of the injured workers, the construction work was going on in the night and around 10-12 persons were engaged in work when the roof collapsed.

NDRF, ODRAF and State Fire Department teams rushed to the spot with the required equipment for search and rescue, said Odisha SRC, Pradeep Jena.

“There was one person who was trapped under the concrete and centering. We removed the wet concrete and rescued him and sent him to hospital,” said a Fire Services department official engaged in the rescue work.

An ODRAF personnel engaged in the rescue operations said “We came prepared with all equipment. We used cutters to remove the steel and concrete, then we evacuated the victims.”

Sources said that the rescue operations continued for around three to hours and was called off after rescue of all the injured persons.

“Our job was rescue. We rescued the injured and brought them to the hospital. One of them was declared brought-dead by doctors. The health condition of the injured person is out of danger,” said Khurda Collector, Sitanshu Rout.

 

“Roofing of the building was being done today. However, the roof collapsed in which 1 labourer was killed while two others  sustained minor injuries,” said DCP Anup Sahu.

On the other hand, an official of the construction firm said “All safety measures were taken and the workers were wearing all safety gears. All the workers were had come down from the roof and the work was over. The mishap occurred when the workers were returning.”

“It all happened all of a sudden. I saw everybody jumping to save themselves. However, I got stuck under a staircase and was injured,” said one of the injured undergoing treatment at hospital.

Meanwhile, authorities have confirmed that flight services to remain unaffected tomorrow.