A 12-storey building under construction at Moulivakkam near Porur collapsed following heavy rain in Chennai.
50 people are feared trapped under the debris, according to an official. "The building collapsed suddenly according to statement of eyewitnesses," Fire and Rescue Services Joint Director S Vijayasekar told a television channel.
Many construction workers are feared trapped and about 10 fire tenders are at the spot for rescue operations.
The incident occurred at Moulivakkam near Porur in the western suburb, about 20 km from Chennai, as rains lashed the area and several other parts of the city.
The National Disaster Management team from Arakkonam were being rushed to the construction site to rescue the victims. This is the second incident for the day following 3 storey building collapse in Inder Lok in Delhi. Around 7 people were reported dead and several were injured.