Salem: At least five people, including three women, died on Tuesday after three buildings collapsed following a cooking gas cylinder explosion in a house in Karungalpatti in Salem.
A total of 12 people, including a five year old girl, were rescued from the the debris. They have been admitted to the government hospital in Salem, with the condition of one person said to be critical, police said.
District Collector Karmegham and top police officials rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue operations by Fire and Rescue Personnel, members from National Disaster Response Force and police department.
A search is on to locate missing persons trapped under the debris. Investigation is on, they said.
(With PTI Inputs)