14 workers in India were crushed to death by large sacks of potatoes, local reports say

  • 14 people died after a storage facility collapsed under the weight of sacks of potatoes, reports say.
  • The state government said it would pay the relatives of the deceased 200,000 rupees (about $2,400).
  • The warehouse had previously been reported to be in disrepair.

According to local reports, 14 workers died Thursday at a storage facility in India that collapsed under the weight of numerous sacks of potatoes.

Images circulating online shows rescue teams searching through the rubble for survivors buried under piles of potatoes in Chandausi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Although the death toll from the tragedy was initially it was reported that there were eight peoplethe number of deaths rose to 14 on Friday, according the Indian outlet The Tribune.

The roof of a cold room containing the potatoes collapsed Thursday morning and two dozen workers were pulled from the rubble, The Tribune reported. The country’s National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force used sniffer dogs to help, and ambulances were called for the rescue operation.

Almost all of the missing workers have already been found, police said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the families of those killed in a tweet on friday. “Under the supervision of the state government, the local administration is making all possible efforts for relief and rescue,” she said.

Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted on Friday that he had visited those being treated for injuries at the hospital.

“Everyone is being treated with priority. May Lord Shri Ram grant a speedy recovery to everyone, this is my prayer,” he said. saying.

Adityanath also announced a payment of 200,000 rupees (about $2,400) for the families of those killed and 50,000 rupees (about $600) for the injured, according to The Tribune. Medical treatment for those injured in the accident will also be free, he said.

It had previously been reported that the roof of the cellar was already in disrepair, according Indian news agency Asian News International. An investigation into the building’s security protocols and condition is underway, according to Indian authorities, and four people have been detained for questioning, the news agency reported.

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