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Death toll in Goa building collapse rises to 17 , probe begins

The toll in the building collapse in Goa rose to 17 yesterday, as the state government started a probe into why the accident took place, officials said

At least 11 people were hospitalised and around 20 were feared still buried under the debris as rescue work continued on a day when politics overshadowed the gloom caused by what was termed the biggest building collapse in the state.

A five-storeyed under-construction building collapsed Saturday afternoon in the coastal town of Canacona, 80 km from here, trapping the on-site labourers.

Bodies of 14 people were retrieved from the rubble on Saturday, and two more bodies were found yesterday, according to officials.

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