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India bar wall collapse kills 27
At least 27 people were killed when a wall collapsed on a crowded bar in southern India, police have said.

A number of people were also injured in the evening accident in the town of Tirupur in Tamil Nadu state.

"Most of those killed were labourers," local policeman ML Manjunath was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

Rain had reportedly weakened the wall, which fell on the adjacent state-run bar. The wall was thought to be marking a boundary for a planned factory.

The BBC's TN Gopalan in the state capital Madras (Chennai) says two bar attendants are also thought to be among those killed.

Building accidents are fairly common in India which has few safety precautions for workers at construction sites.

In March, seven people died and another six were injured when a building collapsed in a suburb of the western Indian city of Mumbai. All the victims were labourers.

In February, 15 labourers died and another five were injured when the wall of a partially-built warehouse crumbled in a Mumbai suburb.

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