In India : 7 dead, dozens feared trapped in Mumbai building collapse

Jerome Frank
September 1, 2017

"A 43-member team is conducting rescue operations", the NDRF official said.

"The fire in the debris continues to cause a hindrance in the rescue work and is possibly suffocating victims trapped in confined spaces", said Mumbai Fire Brigade Chief P.S. Rahangdale.

She said 13 more people were injured and were taken to nearby hospitals. Deputy Commissioner of Police Manoj Sharma said three people have been rescued from the debris so far.

A housing trust that was looking to redevelop the area said the building had been declared unsafe in 2011 and the housing board had offered alternative accommodation to tenants, but only seven families had moved out by early 2014. "He used to go to school in that building", she said, tearfully pointing at the rubble.

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).

Mumbai has experienced the heaviest rainfall in over 15 years as parts of South Asia have been deluged with flooding.

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"When the building collapsed there was a massive bang".

Building collapses are common in Mumbai, especially during the monsoon season from late June to September, when heavy rains lash the western Indian city, weakening poorly built structures.

Rescue workers look for survivors at the site of a building collapse in Mumbai on August 31, 2017. More than a dozen others were missing and feared trapped beneath a huge mound of mud, broken concrete slabs and twisted steel girders. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the crash site and ordered a probe into the disaster.

This particular building was slated for redevelopment but people were clearly still living inside it even though it was about 100 years old.

Manoj Sharma, a police official, told the AP that nine families lived in the building.

A BMC bulletin detailed the two-wing structure comprising an uninhabited godown with a sweetmeat shop on the ground floor and 10 residential tenements on the remaining upper floors, which have completely collapsed. In July, a four-storey building collapsed in Ghatkopar's Damodar Park area, killing 17 and injuring 11.

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