The death toll stood at 17 on Monday, DIG (South), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), SP Selvan, said.
     
He said rescue operations were on in full swing despite of intermittent rains.
Over 100 personnel from Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services along with 120 others from National Disaster Reponse Force are taking part in rescue operations at the site of the tragedy, which is being described as the largest building accident in the recent past in Chennai.

Sniffer dogs, too, have been brought in to locate persons trapped in the rubble.
Meanwhile, a woman was pulled out alive this morning from under the debris of the collapsed structure.

Meenammal of Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh was admitted to Sri Ramachandra Medical University with a head injury, hospital spokesperson TG Nallamuthu said.

Six persons, including two owners and two engineers, who were arrested under various sections of the IPC, were produced before a magistrate in Sriperumbudur and sent to prison.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu earlier on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of Telugu workers who were killed in the building collapse.

Naidu, who reviewed the building collapse incident with officials here, has asked state minister K Mrinalini to rush to the site of the accident in Chennai and supervise the rescue and relief operations, a TDP release said.

Jayalalithaa enhances relief to victims from Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday enhanced the relief announced to the victims belonging to the state killed in the building collapse.
     
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said the Andhra Pradesh government had announced a sum of Rs five lakh as relief to next of the kin of the victims of that state killed in the mishap.
     
"Four of the victims in this unfortunate incident belong to Tamil Nadu. Besides Rs two lakh announced earlier to their families, another Rs five lakh will be given from the Chief Minister's General Relief Fund taking the total to Rs seven lakh,” she said in a statement here.

 (JPN/Agencies)

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