Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

40 trapped as building collapses in south Mumbai

40 trapped as building collapses in south Mumbai

Congress leader Amin Patel told Times Now, "A ground plus three structure known as Kesarbai has collapsed".

BMC PRO says it was an MHADA building. "We are told that there are no funds", a resident said.

As the incident came to light, firefighters swung into action to rescue the trapped victims out of the building.

Legislator Bhai Jagtap said residents had complained to housing authorities to take prompt measures as the building was very old and in a dilapidated state for a long time. They had to be parked some distance away from the building as the lanes are too narrow for them to enter.

An NDRF officer confirmed that two teams had been despatched to the spot. That is how infrastructure has to precede development. So far three injured have been rescued alive including a baby. With the help of police personnel, an inquiry has commenced.

Among those rescued include a woman, two men and a child, who are being treated at various hospitals. It was not in the list of risky buildings.

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-According to preliminary information, the building is over 100 years old. "Investigation will be done".

The building was owned by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, and its officials also reached the spot to assess the situation.

Earlier this month, twenty-three people lost their lives after a wall collapsed on hutments in Pimpripada area of Malad East in Mumbai due to heavy rainfall.

Narrow approach roads, huge crowds and thickly populated areas hampered rescue operations.

Building collapses in Mumbai, home to 20 million people, are common during the monsoon season because rickety structures buckle under the weight of continuous rain.

"We don't know exactly how many are trapped, but with the input provided by neighbours, we estimate more than 30 could be trapped", the official said.

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