Delhi's Ghazipur landfill site caves in, three dead

People being rescued from the Kondli drain after collapsed trash swept vehicles into the water

East Delhi MP Maheish Girri on Friday expressed concern over Ghazipur landfill collapse incident in which two people were killed and said compensation will be given to the family of deceased.

Panic prevailed in the area soon after the incident, prompting scores of residents, passersby, and motorists run to rescue people who came under the rubbles.

The two persons who died in the accident include 30-year-old Raj Kumari and 20-year-old Abhishek.

An official earlier said the woman's body had been recovered.

A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is on the spot to coordinate all relief and rescue operations.

Towards evening, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia reached the accident site and blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled municipal corporation for the accident. "Why doesn't MCD use modern technology to manage solid waste?" he tweeted after the visit. "They did not pay attention and the height of the waste pile increased and it finally collapsed and killed people", Manoj Kumar said. The site also threatens the Yamuna, which is around 7 km away from Ghazipur.

East Delhi mayor Neema Bhagat, when contacted, said a portion of the garbage mound collapsed because of the rains.

Rescue operations are now underway at the site and the Delhi police suspect that more people may be buried under the pile of garbage.

A auto, a scooter and two motorcycles were swept away by the garbage. Many of them jumped into the water and began rescuing people.

The rescue operation was still going on by the time of publication of this report. "We generally do not go for a swim during the monsoon due to the swift undercurrent", said Ali.

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