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Indian chimney collapse: up to 100 feared dead

A huge factory chimney has collapsed in India, killing up to 100 workers, at the site of a new power plant.

The chimney was being built by Balco, a subsidiary of London-listed mining company Vedanta.

Builders had completed 100m of the planned 300m tall chimney when it collapsed in poor weather. Twenty five people are already know to have died and it is feared that dozens more are buried under the rubble.

Union spokesman Vinod Kumar Sharma, speaking at the site in Korba, 124 miles from Raipur, the state capital of Chhattisgarh, said workers were sheltering from heavy rain in and around the structure when it collapsed.

Officials have reported difficulty in establishing exactly how many people are buried because the company has been unable to say how many workers were on the site.

But Mr Sharma said: “I expect the number of dead will exceed 100.” Nine people are believed to be recovering in hospital.

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