Dead, At Least 30 Feared Trapped As Mumbai Building Collapses
Dead, At Least 30 Feared Trapped As Mumbai Building Collapses
LIVE — Mumbai building collapse: At least 3 dead 9 injured in Bhendi Bazar; rescue operation underway
01 September, 2017, 02:11
"Rescue operations are already under way". We immediately rushed fire brigade personnel to the site to rescue the trapped people.
He said 14 people were injured and were taken to nearby hospitals.
It said 34 people trapped inside the building could be rescued.
A number of families resided in the dilapidated building and it housed a nursery school, although the timing of the collapse in the early hours of 31 August meant pupils had not yet arrived, reports The Hindustan Times. Police suspect that Tuesday's torrential rain weakened the structure of the building that collapsed.
Rescuers pulled 13 people from the rubble, with another 25 thought to be trapped under the debris as efforts to free them continued. Minister of State for Housing Ravindra Waikar who also visited the site said a probe will be conducted on the No Objection Certificates that were granted for redevelopment work to all cessed buildings in Mumbai. Municipal officials said they received a call at 8.40 in the morning that the dilapidated Arsiwala building on Maulana Shaukat Ali Road had crashed.
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Local legislator Amin Patel told reporters that the building was over 100 years old and was on a list of 800 precarious structures listed as "dangerous" by civic agencies.
In October 2016, six minors, including three toddlers, were killed and five others injured when a five-storey building, constructed in violation of rules, collapsed in suburban Bandra.
Structural collapses - not just of buildings - are more common in India than in the West. Nine families lived in small rooms in the higher floors of the building, which also had six warehouses in the basement.
The collapse came as officials said the death toll from the floods was expected to rise above 10, despite the waters receding after better weather. In July, 17 people died after a four-storey residential building that hosted a nursing home in the Mumbai suburb of Ghatkopar gave way.
Not many people lived on the upper floors, but several workers lived on the ground floor, Kaskar said.
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