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The National Crime Records Bureau Data indicates that a total of 13178 people lost their lives due to collapse of various structures from 2010 to 2014 in 13473 such cases. This is an average of 7 such cases per day. Most people lost their lives because of the collapse of residential houses. Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of deaths (2065) during this period.


Eighteen (18) people lost their lives when the under construction flyover collapsed in Kolkata. Data collated by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) indicates that 13178 people lost their lives due to the collapse of various structures from 2010-2014 i 13473 such cases. This is an average of 7 such incidents a day.


1821 deaths due to Collapse of Structures in 2014 The NCRB collates this data in its annual report ‘Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India’. Various un-natural causes of death are listed in this report and collapse of various structures is one the causes captured by the NCRB.

In 2010, a total of 2682 people lost their lives due to collapse of structures. The number of deaths rose to 3161 in 2011 and came down to 2682 in 2012. The number of deaths in 2013 was 2832. The number of such deaths in 2014 was the lowest of the 5 five years at 1821.

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A total of 13473 such cases were reported from 2010-2014. 2677 cases were reported in 2010, 3125 in 2011, 2764 in 2012, 3074 in 2013 and 1833 in 2014.

Number of Incidents - Collapse of Structures


Building Collapses resulted in close to 50% of the deaths The NCRB categorizes the data on collapse of structures into 5 different categories. From 2010 to 2014, a total of 4914 people lost their lives because of the collapse of residential buildings, about 37.3% of the total deaths. The collapse of commercial buildings resulted in 1610 deaths. The collapse of Dams & Bridges resulted in 124 and 297 deaths respectively. Collapse of Dams & Bridges accounted for 3.2% of all the deaths. The highest number of deaths was because of the collapse of other structures like flyovers etc.  Collapse of other structures resulted in 6233 deaths or 47.3% of the total deaths.

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Most deaths in the bigger states As expected, most such deaths took place in the bigger states. The only exception to that trend was West Bengal. A total of 184 deaths (1.4%) took place in West Bengal from 2010 to 2014. The highest number of such deaths took place in Uttar Pradesh. From 2010 to 2014, 2065 people lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh due to collapse of structures. 1343 lost their lives in Maharashtra followed by 1330 in Andhra Pradesh, 1176 in Madhya Pradesh, 1154 in Tamil Nadu and 1067 in Gujarat.

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