A three-storied building complex in Mumbai’s outskirts collapsed in parts on the wee hours of Monday, killing at least 8-10 people, and at least 25 are feared to be trapped under the debris.
The Mumbai building collapse took place in the industrial town of Bhiwandi, 40 km (25 miles) northeast of the Indian financial capital, where the residential complex reportedly developed cracks the night before the accident, Reuters news agency reported.
The reason for the mishap remains unknown, and as per the Bhiwandi municipal commissioner who spoke to reporters, at least 25-26 families are feared trapped under the debris.
11 people, all injured, were rescued from the site, which had 54 apartments in three-stories. On Monday, an under-construction building collapsed in Old Delhi, news agency PTI reported.
Police, city workers, and National Disaster Response Force arrived on the scene to remove the debris trying to reach out for the ones trapped underneath.
Social media footages and images show a chaotic scene in the accident spot, with debris scattered all-over, wires hanging overhead, and rescue workers engaged in their operation.
The Times of India cited a commissioner in the Bhiwandi-Nizampura City Municipal Corporation, Pankaj Ashiya who said the building was in the list of dangerous sites and order for evacuation was in effect.
This is not the first time building complex filled with families collapsed.
In Mumbai’s Mahad area, a five-storied building collapsed like a pack of cards, killing at least 2 on spot, We The World reported last month. Legal action was lodged against the construction company following the August incident.
Monsoons often bring such incidents to the forefront, thanks to the torrential rains, and the old and overused buildings which cannot withstand the effect of weather.
Shady and compromised promotion of buildings is also another factor in India that leads to such fatal accidents. Over 1,200 people died in building collapses nationwide in 2017, National Crime Records Bureau data showed.
PM Modi condoled the loss accident and wrote: “Saddened by the building collapse in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected.”
Note: This post have been updated with the latest information