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(AP) Adjacent three-story apartment buildings collapsed early Wednesday, killing at least eight people in western India, police said.

Rescuers were working to pull out at least a dozen people trapped in the debris after the buildings fell in the Gujarat state city of Vadodara, police officer Bhanu Pratap Parmar said.

At least four people were injured and were in hospitals, rescue workers said.

Most of the occupants of the 14 apartments in the first building were sleeping when it collapsed. The adjacent building was evacuated minutes before it collapsed, he said.

The two buildings were part of 33 housing blocks constructed by the Gujarat government more than a decade ago to house the poor.

Building collapses are common in India as builders try to cut corners by using substandard materials, and as multistory structures are built with inadequate supervision.

The massive demand for housing around India's cities and pervasive corruption often result in builders adding unauthorized floors or putting up illegal buildings.

Associated Press
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