11 People Dead, 40 Others Still Trapped After Building Collapse in Mumbai

A decrepit building about 100 years old collapsed Tuesday in south Mumbai’s congested Dongri locality, killing at least 11 people and trapping more than 40 people under the debris, once again exposing the creaking infrastructure of India’s largest city, PTI reported.

The four-storey residential building, in a maze of byzantine lanes and houses clustered closely together, came down shortly before noon, civic officials said.

The National Disaster Response Force said six men, four women and a child were killed while eight were injured.

Latest updates on Mumbai building collapse:

-Congress leader Milind Deora on Tuesday termed the building collapse in Dongri “unfortunate” and urged citizens to question the government as to why such incidents keep happening year after year.

-PM Narendra Modi’s statement: “Collapse of a building in Mumbai’s Dongri is anguishing. My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. I hope the injured recover soon. Maharashtra Government, NDRF and local authorities are working on rescue operations & assisting those in need”.

-SN Pradhan, DG, National Disaster Response Force, said three teams of NDRF are engaged in rescue operations. “The pathway to the collapsed building is very narrow and the vehicles with rescue equipment are unable to reach there. The team is carrying equipment on foot,” he said.

-The name of the ill-fated Kesarbai Building, which crashed on Tuesday killing at least two persons, is mysteriously omitted from a comprehensive list of 499 “dangerous” buildings prepared by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), said a RTI activist.

-ANI reported that the 11 Ismail Habib building, situated in front of the ‘Kesarbai’ building, is also being evacuated as it was seen shaking.

-Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said compensation for the victims of the incident will be announced once the causes behind the collapse are clear.

-Vinod Ghosalkar, chief of the repair board of MHADA, said the building did not belong to the housing body as mentioned by a few locals and Congress legislator Bhai Jagtap.

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SOURCE: LiveMint