India building collapse: Rescuers have pulled out more survivors

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Indian rescue workers carry a victim from the rubble of a collapsed multi-storeyed building in Porur town, situated on the outskirts of Chennai on June 29, 2014. At least nine people were killed and dozens feared trapped after an 11-storey residential block crumbled in southern India, officials said, the latest deadly building collapse in the country. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian rescue workers look for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed multi-storeyed building in Porur town, situated on the outskirts of Chennai on June 29, 2014. At least nine people were killed and dozens feared trapped after an 11-storey residential block crumbled in southern India, officials said, the latest deadly building collapse in the country. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian rescue workers look for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed multi-storeyed building in Porur town, situated on the outskirts of Chennai on June 29, 2014. At least nine people were killed and dozens feared trapped after an 11-storey residential block crumbled in southern India, officials said, the latest deadly building collapse in the country. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian rescue workers carry a victim from the rubble of a collapsed multi-storeyed building in Porur town, situated on the outskirts of Chennai on June 29, 2014. At least nine people were killed and dozens feared trapped after an 11-storey residential block crumbled in southern India, officials said, the latest deadly building collapse in the country. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian rescue workers assist a survivor from the rubble of a collapsed multi-storeyed building in Porur town, situated on the outskirts of Chennai on June 29, 2014. At least nine people were killed and dozens feared trapped after an 11-storey residential block crumbled in southern India, officials said, the latest deadly building collapse in the country. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers search for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Police said dozens of workers have been pulled out so far and the search is continuing. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
The body of a woman worker lies beneath piles of concrete in the rubble of a building that collapsed late Saturday during monsoon rains on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Police said dozens of workers have been pulled out so far and the search is continuing. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Rescuers, search for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed late Saturday during monsoon rains on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Police said dozens of workers have been pulled out so far and the search is continuing. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Rescuers with a sniffer dog search for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed late Saturday during monsoon rains on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Police said dozens of workers have been pulled out so far and the search is continuing. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Rescuers carry the body of a worker that was pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed late Saturday during monsoon rains on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Police said dozens of workers have been pulled out so far and the search is continuing. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Rescuers, search for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed late Saturday during monsoon rains on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Police said dozens of workers have been pulled out so far and the search is continuing. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
A doctor checks the pulse of a woman worker who was pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed late Saturday during monsoon rains on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Police said dozens of workers have been pulled out so far and the search is continuing. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
A rescuer, searches for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed late Saturday during monsoon rains on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Police said dozens of workers have been pulled out so far and the search is continuing. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
A rescuer, left checks his mobile phone as they search amid the rubble of a building that collapsed late Saturday during monsoon rains on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Police said dozens of workers have been pulled out so far and the search is continuing. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Rescuers carry an injured woman worker pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The 12-story apartment structure the workers were building collapsed late Saturday while heavy rains and lightning were pounding. Police said 31 construction workers had been pulled out so far and the search was continuing for more than a dozen others. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Rescuers carry the body of a woman, one of the workers killed from site of a building that collapsed on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The 12-story apartment structure the workers were building collapsed late Saturday while heavy rains and lightning were pounding. Police said 31 construction workers had been pulled out so far and the search was continuing for more than a dozen others. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Rescuers search for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The 12-story apartment structure the workers were building collapsed late Saturday while heavy rains and lightning were pounding. Police said 31 construction workers had been pulled out so far and the search was continuing for more than a dozen others. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Rescuers search amid the rubble of a building that collapsed on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The 12-story apartment structure the workers were building collapsed late Saturday while heavy rains and lightning were pounding. Police said 31 construction workers had been pulled out so far and the search was continuing for more than a dozen others. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Rescuers search amid the rubble of a building that collapsed on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The 12-story apartment structure the workers were building collapsed late Saturday while heavy rains and lightning were pounding. Police said 31 construction workers had been pulled out so far and the search was continuing for more than a dozen others. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Rescuers search for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed on the outskirts of Chennai, India, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The 12-story apartment structure the workers were building collapsed late Saturday while heavy rains and lightning were pounding. Police said 31 construction workers had been pulled out so far and the search was continuing for more than a dozen others. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
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NEW DELHI (AP) - Rescuers pulled two survivors Monday from the huge pile of broken concrete left by the collapse of an 11-story apartment building that killed at least 19 people in southern India, police said.

Seasonal monsoon rains were complicating the search, but rescuers said they hoped to find more people alive after rescuing a woman and a man on Monday - two days after the collapse.

Three backhoes were working to clear the area, but more than 100 rescuers wearing hard hats on site were trying to avoid upsetting the debris, which was in a huge pile of dust, crumbled concrete, slabs and twisted iron girders that could still settle further. Instead, they were listening for sounds to help guide their search.

"We heard voices coming from the debris" on Sunday, said S.P. Selvan of the National Disaster Response Force. "Following the voice ... one lady was retrieved alive yesterday evening."

So far, 39 people have been rescued, and police have arrested six construction company officials for alleged criminal negligence and violation of building codes.

The building crashed down Saturday night while in the final stages of construction outside Chennai, the south-coast capital of Tamil Nadu state. Nearly 90 contract workers were believed to have been in the basement collecting wages.

Building collapses are common in India, where high housing demand and lax regulations have encouraged builders to cut corners, use substandard materials or add unauthorized floors.

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