Mumbai Building Collapse Kills at Least Eight, Many Feared Trapped

Mumbai Building Collapse Kills at Least Eight, Many Feared Trapped

A five-storey building at Damodar Park on Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg in Mumbai's Ghatkopar, Sai Darshan, collapsed on Tuesday, civic officials said.

Among the deceased were six females, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) Fire Brigade Department chief P S Rahangdale said. "Until now 11 persons (have been) rescued and sent to hospital", he added.

Reports said around 15 to 16 families used to reside on the three floors of the building, while as from the ground floor a nursing home was operating. Sources state that the report on the incident will be submitted in 15 days. Fourteen fire engines, one rescue van and an ambulance are now at the spot.

At least two persons were killed as four-storeyed building collapsed in Mumbai today. The families who have their beloved ones inside the building are seeking for help.

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The building is thought to be 35 years old.

A total of 60 NDRF jawans along with sniffer dogs were pressed into service. Officials said the nursing home was vacant at the time of collapse.

Building was not in the C1 category building and was extremely risky that needs immediate redevelopment, BMC sources said.

The BMC has also submitted an affidavit in the Bombay High Court regarding 45 buildings identified as unsafe for habitation where people continue to live.

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One of the most deadly incidents occurred in 2013, when an illegal structure in Thane - not far from Mumbai - collapsed, killing more than 70. The BMC Mayor, Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, says that officials are yet to ascertain the reason behind the building collapse in Ghatkopar, and said that an inquiry will be held regarding the allegation on Shitap. Two patients are now in the ICU and two are in general ward."3.15pm: Firefighter Ganesh Khandge and his associate suffocated owing to gas leak while trying to rescue a woman".

After visiting the spot, Congress leader and MLA Naseem Khan said prima facie BMC has failed to curb the ongoing adjustment in the building.

Diyora had left for his office just before the building caved in.

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