Dead and Over 50 Feared Trapped As Mumbai Building Collapses

LIVE — Mumbai building collapse: At least 3 dead 9 injured in Bhendi Bazar; rescue operation underway

LIVE — Mumbai building collapse: At least 3 dead 9 injured in Bhendi Bazar; rescue operation underway

Global desk - At least 21 people have been killed and many feared trapped after a five-storey apartment building collapsed in Indian financial capital of Mumbai, media reports said on Thursday.

The rescue operation is being carried out by the police team, a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the fire brigade and ambulances.

Earlier on Wednesday, a building collapsed in the metropolitan city's Varsha Nagar area in Vikhroli, leaving one person dead and two injured. "We fear that several people are trapped under the debris", a senior Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) official said.

It said 34 people trapped inside the building could be rescued. According to a report published by News 18, 186 buildings were demolished and 117 were evacuated.

The building housed a sweet shop warehouse on the ground floor and a nursery school on the first floor, although the collapse happened before the children arrived.

The incident occurred two days after the city received torrential rains, which is suspected to have damaged the building. It has around two dozen tiny tots and was scheduled to open at 10am, two hours after the building collapsed.

As the toll in the Mumbai building collapse rose to 16, the Samajwadi Party (SP) today sought to put the blame on housing body MHADA and the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) that had undertaken the redevelopment of the over century old structure. Another 25 people are feared trapped in the debris.

Manoj Sharma, a police official, told the AP that nine families lived in the building. People prefer to risk their lives in buildings that may fall any time, rather than move far from where they have lived for years, and where they feel they may never be able to return in their lifetime. In July, 17 people were killed when a four-storey building collapsed in the suburb of Ghatkopar.

Mumbai: Rescue work in progress after a five storey building collapsed in Mumbai on Thursday.

A policeman makes an announcement on a loudspeaker at the site of building collapse in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Half of those living had vacated while six to seven families were still living there, ' said the local politician, who is a member of the Legislative assembly (MLA) of the area Amin Patel.

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