Mumbai building collapse results in deaths, injuries

Trevor Jackson
September 1, 2017

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was also involved in the rescue operations. We immediately rushed fire brigade personnel to the site to rescue the trapped people.

Rescuers were desperately searching for up to 40 people feared trapped when a building collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai Thursday, killing one, an official said.

Television images showed people on top of the debris, looking for those trapped as rescue personnel reached the spot. The building was located in the Bhendi Bazaar area in the south of the Indian coastal city.

Rescuers fear that dozens of people are trapped under the rubble of the building in the Dongri neighbourhood, in India's Mumbai.

Shaikh said SBUT should be made answerable as to why was there a delay in evacuating the residents when MHADA had already served them eviction notices.

A municipal officer told the news channel that they received a call that the building had collapsed at around 8.40am local time (4.10am BST).

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Only a month after a building collapsed in Ghatkopar, Mumbai saw another structure bite the dust as the Arsiwala building in Bhendi Bazar area collapsed.

The building that collapsed on Thursday in one of the most densely populated areas of the city housed a nursery school, and is one of 791 buildings declared unsafe by the city's municipal housing authority in 2011.

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. Several bodies have been pulled from the rubble and with dozens of people still missing the number of dead is expected to rise as the search continues. "We have ordered a probe and strict action will be taken against those guilty", he said.

Around 16,000 old buildings here are in a dilapidated condition but have yet to be completely vacated by residents. Nine families lived in small rooms in the higher floors of the building, which also had six warehouses in the basement. State Minister Subhash Desai said the government will conduct an inquiry into the building collapse.

More than 1,200 people have been killed in India and Bangladesh and some 41 million have been affected by flooding, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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