A five-storied building collapsed like a pack of cards according to eyewitnesses in South Mumbai’s Mahad, killing at least two and injuring several others on Monday night.
The building fell down on Monday reportedly trapping more than 90 people in the debris, Reuters reports. Social media images show tins, rods, and rubbles of building material peaking on the site of the accident.
So far, 60 people have been recovered from the site, with relatives of families calling out names of family members lost in the rubble hoping to get a response.
According to a local police officer at a site, the building collapsed like a pack of cards, which comprised of 47 flats. Legal action has been filed against the construction company.
So far, 19 people are still missing in the rubble, as rescue personnel continues to sift through the site, Raigad district superintendent of Police Anil Paraskar said.
The officer also said one of the fatalities was due to cardiac arrest after the man, who was not a resident of that building, was rescued and taken to hospital. Building materials hit the person on Monday night, at the time of the incident.
One survivor, speaking to Reuters said: “We had just fled a few metres from the building and we heard loud noise. Then there was smoke everywhere, the building was collapsed in a few seconds after we ran out.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the incident and wrote on Twitter: “My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their dear ones. I pray the injured recover soon. Local authorities and NDRF teams are at the site of the tragedy, providing all possible assistance.”
Building collapses are not uncommon in India. While the collapse of the Mahad building is not clear, perhaps this incident is a victim of India’s lack of regulation in construction that often leaves substandard construction that is dangerous to reside.