Rescuers using gas cutters and shovels are searching in rubble for more than a dozen workers feared trapped in the second of two building collapses in India that together have killed at least 19 people.
The 12-story apartment structure the workers were building collapsed late on Saturday while heavy rains and lightning were pounding the outskirts of Chennai, the capital of southern Tamil Nadu state. Police said 26 construction workers had been pulled out so far and the search was continuing for more than a dozen others.
Four of the workers died on the spot and another four succumbed to injuries later in a hospital, said police officer George Fernandes.
Twelve injured workers have been hospitalised, while six others were allowed to go home after medical attention on Saturday night, Fernandes said.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the collapse.