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Death toll rises to 17 in India building collapse

PANAJI, India--Rescuers found two more bodies under a massive pile of broken concrete from a building that collapsed while being constructed in southern India, raising the death toll to at least 17 workers, a state official said Monday.

Twelve others were feared trapped in the rubble and were presumed dead, the top elected official of Goa state, Manohar Parrikar, told reporters.

Rescuers have recovered 22 survivors, pulling the last from the wreckage late Sunday, Parrikar said. There was little hope of finding any more people alive in the rubble two days after Saturday's collapse of the structure.

Building collapses are common in India, as massive demand for housing and lax regulations often encourage builders to cut corners by using substandard materials or add unauthorized extra floors.

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