2 buildings topple in India, killing at least 20

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Associated Press

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 2:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 29 at 5:33 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — One of two deadly weekend building collapses in India has prompted the detention of a pair of construction company directors.

Meanwhile, rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building under construction that collapsed in a storm.

The 12-story apartment structure collapsed late Saturday while heavy rains and lightning were pounding the outskirts of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. Police say 28 construction workers have been pulled out so far and more than a dozen are missing. Four of the workers died at the scene and five were pronounced dead at a hospital.

Earlier Saturday, a four-story, 50-year-old structure toppled in an area of New Delhi inhabited by the poor. Eleven people died.

Building collapses are common in India, where high demand for housing and lax regulations have encouraged some builders to cut corners.

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