Seven killed, 30 injured in Bhopal water tank collapse
At least seven people were killed and 30 others injured after a water tank that was overdue for maintenance, collapsed here early on Monday.
The incident was reported from the city's Saibaba Nagar at around 1 a.m. this morning.
Local residents said that while they were sleeping, they heard a loud bang and witnessed the rubble of the near two-decade-old tank on the ground, burying almost 50 houses under it.
They blamed the administration for the slow emergency response.
"At least 50 houses have been damaged after the collapse of the water tank. The water in the tank caused no damage, but tank fell on the houses, burying many. We have recovered at least seven dead bodies and over 20 injured, who are in critical condition," said Naseer, a local resident.
The army has been roped in for the rescue operation and for the clearing of debris.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rupees 100,000 to each family of those killed in the incident.
Rupees 25,000 each would be provided to the seriously injured and Rupees 10,000 each to those who suffered minor injuries.