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Goa bulding collapse: Survivors recount horror stories

Canacona (Goa): Work on all five floors was going on as usual on Saturday afternoon, with workers and masons fitting tiles, when a portion of the ceiling suddenly crashed with a loud sound at around
India TV News Desk January 05, 2014 14:00 IST
India TV News Desk
Canacona (Goa): Work on all five floors was going on as usual on Saturday afternoon, with workers and masons fitting tiles, when a portion of the ceiling suddenly crashed with a loud sound at around 2:45 pm on Saturday.

The first man to run out of the building was 40-year-old Laxman Gaunkar, who was working on the ground floor helping a mason in fitting tiles.  

He ran out blindly but his right leg was caught under a fallen pillar. "I shouted. Someone pulled me out of the fallen pillar".  Gaunkar is presently admitted to Hospicio Hospital as patient no. 13.

Gaunkar said he was employed by a local contractor Vishwas Phaldesai for the last one and a half year as a helper.

Another survivor Mohammed Kasim, age 38 years, from Bihar, was however not fortunate. He has multiple leg injuries and has been admitted to the same hospital. He was working on the fifth floor with another mason fitting tiles, when a portion of the ceiling suddenly caved in.

"I don't know what happened afterwards. I was lying unconscious and came back to my senses in the hospital", said Kasim.