A potato storage facility in the northern Indian city of Sambhal has collapsed, killing at least eight people. The building was full of large sacks of potatoes when the roof caved in. The incident occurred in the Chandausi area, and as rescue operations got underway, the death toll rose to 14, with 10 people rescued from the debris.
The District Magistrate of Sambhal, Manish Bansal, confirmed the incident and said that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered for further investigation. The incident highlights the need for better safety regulations and protocols to be implemented in such facilities. Potato storage facilities are used extensively in India, as the country is one of the largest producers of potatoes in the world. However, many of these storage units are old and poorly maintained, leading to several such accidents in the past.
Footage from the scene showed rescue workers searching for survivors in the rubble of the collapsed building, with locals helping with the rescue efforts. The cause of the collapse is yet to be determined, but the incident is a tragic reminder of the risks and hazards that come with such facilities. In recent years, India has seen a significant increase in the number of accidents caused by poor safety measures in factories, warehouses, and other industrial sites.
The authorities have been urged to strengthen safety standards, but the implementation of such measures has been slow, leading to concerns about the safety of workers and the public. The incident in Sambhal is another stark reminder of the need for urgent action to ensure the safety of workers in India’s industrial sectors. The tragic loss of life serves as a somber warning to ensure that adequate safety measures and protocols are in place to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.