At least 11 people died and eight others injured after a residential building collapsed in Mumbai’s Malad West on Wednesday night, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). A search and rescue operation is underway as more people are feared trapped under the debris.
The collapse engulfed a nearby residential structure. It also affected another residential structure in the area that is now in a “dangerous condition”, the municipal corporation said. Residents from affected structures are being evacuated,” the BMC said.
Vishal Thakur, DCP Zone 11, Mumbai has informed that as many as 15 people including women and children have been rescued. They were shifted to a nearby hospital. There is a possibility of more people stuck under the debris. Teams are present here to rescue people, he added.
According to a local, the incident took place around 11 pm. “It was a four-storey building sheltering at least seven people. Five of them rescued so far. Two more buildings opposite to it were demolished. Two children rescued from there. Police arrived as soon as we called them followed by the arrival of the fire brigade,” ANI quoted Shahnawaz khan, a local as saying.
Police to probe building collapse
Additional CP Dilip Sawant has informed that 18 people have been rescued so far and the police will carry out a proper investigation into the incident. “It’s an unfortunate incident. It was a G+2 building that fell on another building. 18 people have been rescued, of whom 11 died. Police will carry out a proper investigation and take further action,” he said.
The injured have been identified as – Marikumari Hirangana (30) in critical condition, Dhanalaxmi Baby (56), Salim Shaikh (49), Rizwana Sayyad (33), Suryamani Yadav (39), Karim Khan (30) and Gulzar Ahmed Ansari (26).
‘Building collapsed due to rain’
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Minister Aslam Shaikh has said that the buildings have collapsed due to rain. “Rescue operation is underway. Injured people have been shifted to the hospital. Debris of the buildings being removed to see if more people are stuck under it,” he added.
Mumbai has been witnessing heavy rainfall for the past two days. On Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an ‘Orange’ alert in the Mumbai, Palghar, and Thane districts of Maharashtra for the next four days.
Mumbai’s Santacruz observed 164.8 mm rainfall from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm, while Colaba received 32.2 mm rainfall, the IMD reported.
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