At least 14 people were killed and 28 others injured when a four-storey building collapsed following heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district in India.
The structure which is located near popular tourist destination Shimla, came down on Sunday following days of heavy downpours.
According to the state Chief Minister’s office, the dead persons include 13 soldiers and one civilian.
Rescue workers used heavy machinery to remove heaps of mangled steel and wires from the muddied debris, pulling 28 survivors from the rubble.
One soldier who was pulled out alive from the rubble said they had gathered for a party in the building’s restaurant, “but suddenly the building shook and collapsed”.
The June to September monsoon causes widespread death and destruction across South Asia each year due to dilapidated structures that buckle under the weight of continuous rain.