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India building collapses

Published 12:09 AM ET, Tue July 8, 2014
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A dilapidated building collapsed in New Delhi on June 28, killing 10 people, including five children. Altaf Qadri/AP
Rescue workers clear debris at the site of the building collapse on June 28. Altaf Qadri/AP
The residential building that caved in was built on a plot barely 19 square yards. With no pillars or beams to support its floors, it collapsed after neighbors starting removing earth to re-build their own house. Harmeet Singh/CNN
Buildings in Indian cities are often unplanned and strung together in cramped rows, without space between them, which experts say can be disastrous if one is more structurally vulnerable than the others. Harmeet Singh/CNN
On the same day as the New Delhi building collapse, an eleven-floor building under construction came crashing down in the southern Indian city of Chennai, killing 61 workers. Workers are pictured clearing the scene on June 30. STR/AFP/Getty
Buildings that don't conform to safety codes are a big problem in cities and towns across India, says Chandan Ghosh of the Indian Home Ministry's National Institute of Disaster Management. STR/AFP/Getty