CHENNAI: A four-storey building of the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (formerly Slum Clearance Board) housing 24 residences collapsed at Tiruvottiyur in Chennai on Monday morning.
No one was injured in the accident as all the residents had left their houses after discovering cracks on the building on Sunday night.
The building, located on the Grama Street, collapsed around 10.30 am on Monday.
The Thiruvottiyur police and fire and rescue personnel rushed to the spot. They started removing the debris.
Residents said their belongings were buried under debris.
Official from the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board visited the place. They examined other buildings on the premises.
Chief minister M K Stalin announced a financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to each of the affected families.
In a statement, Stalin said the building that collapsed was constructed in 1993. Enumeration would be carried out to identify old tenements.
The CM said alternative housing would be provided to the affected families.