A six-story building, under construction, collapsed onto an adjacent building, east of the Indian capital, killing at least three people and trapping several others under the debris, police said on Wednesday.
Chief Fire Officer, Arun Kumar Singh, said, at least 12 workers were in the building at the time, and are feared trapped under the rubble. The rescuers have so far found three bodies, police officer, Ajay Pal Sharma, said.
The second building also collapsed, under the impact of the first building, that fell on Tuesday night, he said.
The four-story building was two years old and only one family lived there, district magistrate, B.N. Singh, said. One security guard and some workers on the ground floor may have been inside at the time, as well.
More than 100 rescuers with cranes, sledgehammers and chain saws, worked through the night to remove the debris, in Shahberi village, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of New Delhi, said Krishan Kumar, a rescue agency official.
The owner of the building under construction and his two associates, have been detained for questioning, Sharma said. The cause of the building collapse was not immediately known.
Angry residents complained that the two buildings collapsed around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday (1500 GMT), but the police and fire services reached the site an hour-and-a-half later. The rescue effort was slow to begin with, resident Praveen Srivastava told the New Delhi Television news channel.
Another eyewitness said, she felt the earth shaking as the buildings came crashing down. "The impact was such that I wondered whether the buildings have been dynamited," she told the Times Now television news channel.
Rescuers found it difficult to take cranes and drilling machines to the site, where the ground was dug up in places during the construction work and had filled with water from monsoon rains.
Building collapses are common in India during the Jun-Sept monsoon season, when heavy rains weaken the foundations of structures that are poorly constructed. The worst collapse in recent decades killed at least 72 people in Mumbai in 2013.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK