A portion of an over six-decade-old building of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation's Porayar branch in the district collapsed on Friday morning killing eight crew members, police said.
Three others sustained injuries, they added. The crew members of the TNSTC were sleeping in the building, constructed in 1952, when the collapse happened around 3.30 am, killing them on the spot, they said.
The three others who sustained injuries were rushed to Karaikal General Hospital. Nagapattinam District Collector Dr C Suresh Kumar visited the spot and conducted enquiries. State Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar is rushing to Porayar, officials said.
Nagapattinam building collapse: TN CM announces compensation of Rs1.5 lakh for ppl with severe injuries&Rs 50,000 for ppl with mild injuries— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2017
Nagapattinam building collapse: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswami announces compensation of Rs 7.5 lakh for next of kin of the deceased— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2017