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India Building Collapse Kills At Least 12

Rescue efforts continue in the Indian state of Goa after an under construction building collapsed killing more than 12 people.

India Building Collapse Kills At Least 12
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Rescue efforts continue in the Indian state of Goa after an under construction building collapsed killing more than 12 people and leaving even more stuck under the rubble.

Local media say another 20 people could still be trapped with a slim chance of survival. (Via BBC)

According to NDTV, the building collapsed with more than 60 people working in the area. Some 26 have been rescued so far.

With the deadly collapse of two buildings late last year that killed more than 160 people combined, one Al Jazeera reporter points out there's at least talk about doing something. 

"The government there is saying look we want to introduce new laws to prosecute the people responsible including say engineers and architects. ... Policies and promises of legislation are one thing but it's about implementing them on the ground." (Via Al Jazeera)

The numbers are hard to argue with — in fact The Guardian analyzed Indian crime statistics and called the results "a staggering indictment of India's structural safety standards."

In 2012 more than 2,600 people died and more than 850 were injured from the collapse of around 2,700 houses, buildings, bridges or other structures. 

Indian officials are still searching for those who could be responsible for the collapse in Goa Saturday. 

The general police for western India told Bloomberg, "The contractors are on the run. ... We have registered a case for endangering human life."

Without the builder or contractor, officials do not know how many people they are searching for and have yet to figure out the cause of the collapse.