Eleven people have been rescued, but several others, including patients, are feared trapped. There are no reports of any casualties yet. The Kasturba Gandhi Hospital has been evacuated and patients and those injured in the collapse have been shifted to other hospitals nearby.
“Injuries suffered by those rescued are not serious...they are fine,” said DIG Sreenivasa Verma. The portion of the hospital wing that collapsed also housed the female surgical ward. It is a decades-old building. “Right now, relief operations are our priority and then we will try to find out how the accident happened,” hospital spokesperson Vinodanand Jha said.
A staffer for the ambulance service said the roof collapsed without any warning and fell “in a shower of debris of bricks and mortar”. “It happened very suddenly,” the worker, who did not give his name, said. The Army is helping in rescue operations. Locals have helped in pulling out people from the debris and more than half of those who were inside the building have been rescued. The hospital, run by the state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, is situated in the Fatehgarh area of Bhopal.