Six killed and dozens feared trapped in Mumbai building collapse

Jerome Frank
July 26, 2017

At least three persons were killed and over 30 others are feared trapped under the debris of the fourth-floor residential building, which collapsed in Mumbai's Ghatkopar, on Tuesday.

"Eight people were killed and around 11 were rescued from the rubble of collapsed building in Ghatkopar, an eastern suburb of Mumbai", a police official said.

"Firefighters are trying to rescue the people trapped under the debris", said Mr G.P. Ghosh, the director of fire services in West Bengal state, of which Kolkata is the capital.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) disaster management team said that they received a call about the incident at around 10:43 am. Search operations are still on to help the people feared trapped under the concrete rubble.

The Mumbai police cordoned off the area while the traffic was blocked on the Lal Bhadur Shastri road to provide a "green corridor" to rush the rescued to hospital.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the building collapse site tonight.

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According to civic officials, a nursing home was being run on the ground floor of the building.

The building was not listed in the risky category, as per locals. "I saw parts of the building collapse", an eyewitness was quoted as saying by PTI.

According to a local resident, it was a 35-year-old structure. Fourteen fire engines, one rescue van and an ambulance are now at the spot.

"We will investigate the matter and take action against the culprits", BMC Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said.

BMC commissioner has been asked to submit the report within fifteen days, says CM.

These buildings were termed as "dilapidated" in the survey report.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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