Developing story: Two dead, many trapped as Delhi landfill caves in

People being rescued from the Kondli drain after collapsed trash swept vehicles into the water

Rescue operations are now underway at the site and the Delhi police suspect that more people may be buried under the pile of garbage.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, east district, Omvir Singh Bishnoi, said the deceased has were identified as 30-year-old Rajkumari and 20-year-old Abhishek. The Fire Brigade and National Disaster Response Force teams arrived later and fished out vehicles with the help of cranes.

Rescue workers also managed to save four persons from under the debris while four vehicles - a auto, a scooter and two motorcycles - which were on a nearby road, fell into a canal after the collapse of the landfill, managed by East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). Another bike rider who had fallen into the canal has been rescued.

News agency PTI reported that 4 people have been rescued so far.

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According to a fire department official, the rescue operation is underway and four fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. "It is man made a disaster". Why doesn't MCD use modern technology to manage solid waste? Commissioned in 1984, it has long outlived its utility but continues to take in over 2,500 MTD (metric tonnes daily) of garbage from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas everyday.

East Delhi MCD mayor Neema Bhagat confirmed that three people have been killed in the incident.

Authorities said they were trying to ascertain the reason behind collapse.

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