Emergency workers in India Friday rescued a man trapped for 62 hours under a collapsed building that killed 17 people.
The rescue workers were searching for 10 more survivors four days after the five-storey building in southern Karnataka state collapsed, officials said.
The man had no visible injuries and was hugged by the rescue team before he walked away from the debris and was rushed to nearby a nearby hospital.
54 people have so far been rescued by the team of about 400 who have been searching through tonnes of concrete and steel since the latest tragedy on Tuesday.
Heavy earth-movers and rescuers with specialized equipment and sniffer dogs were deployed in the increasingly desperate operation.
“Those rescued have been shifted to the hospital and five persons have been arrested in the matter,” emergency official Srikant, who goes by one name, told AFP.
One of the five people arrested owns the construction company and has been charged with manslaughter according to report.
There are frequent cases of building collapse in India. Many companies allegedly use cheap materials and bribe officials to evade regulations, while on-site safety is lax.
In September 2018, five people were killed after a Delhi apartment block collapsed. Few months earlier, a six-storey building in the capital also collapsed, killing nine.
Many Indian cities have seen rapid growth in the last few decades with new buildings often built without proper quality supervision, and the older ones poorly maintained.