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Wall collapses in southern India killing 11: officials

NEW DELHI--A wall collapsed Sunday in southern India killing 11 people including a child, just a week after a building crumbled in the same state claiming 61 lives, officials said.

The compound wall collapsed onto the huts of laborers following heavy monsoon rains in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu state, a local government official said.

Four women and a child were among those killed, Tiruvallur district collector K Veera Raghava Rao told the Press Trust of India news agency.

The laborers, from neighboring Andhra Pradesh state, had been working on a warehouse, Rao told the agency. The country's millions of laborers and their families often live at the construction site or nearby.

“The eleven bodies of the victims are being sent to the district hospital and we are making arrangements for the postmortem now,” P. Chandrasekaran, a senior district police official, told AFP by phone.

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