Construction worker dead, others feared trapped after landslip

Vijayawada (AP): A construction worker was killed while at least seven more workers were feared trapped under mud following a landslip at a building construction site in Guntur city of Andhra Pradesh, about 35-km from Vijaywada, late on Saturday night.

Police sources said the mishap occurred when a 30-feet deep cellar was being dug for a proposed multi-storey building at Lakshmipuram in Guntur.

Eight workers were said to be on the spot when there was a sudden landslip, trapping them inside, the police said. Police could extricate the body of one worker from the site while efforts were on to trace the others.

AP Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, MLAs Alapati Rajendra Prasad, N Anand Babu, district Collector Kantilal Dande and other officials rushed to the spot.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked his deputy N China Rajappa, who holds the Home portfolio, to rush to Guntur and oversee the rescue efforts, official sources said.

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