The death toll from Mumbai’s Bhiwani building collapse spiked to 35 on Wednesday, as rescue efforts continue to look for a heartbeat in the debris, following the disastrous building collapse on Sep 21.
A senior government official gave the updated count on Wednesday, as rescue workers battle rain and cramped conditions of the accident spot to carry the rescue and clearing efforts.
Initial reports said at least 25 families were feared trapped, with at least 12 deaths under the debris after the three-storied residential complex in the outskirts of Bhiwandi crumbled down in the wee hours of the morning.
Head of the National Disaster Response Force, Satya Pradhan told Reuters that they’re unsure if anybody survived under the debris for more than three days. Nonetheless, they are not losing hope.
This is not the first time casualties were reported from residential complex collapse.
In India buildings crumbling down is common, more so in monsoons, and the causes are attributed to shady construction using substandard materials and overuse which cannot withstand the torrential rains.
According to the report, the narrow ally way made it difficult to carry out the clearing work, since no heavy equipment could be bought in.
At least eight are still missing, and rescuers are looking for them. In August, a similar incident trapped at least 90 people in the debris, in Mumbai’s Mahad area.