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11 killed, over 40 feared trapped as Mumbai building collapses
 
Mumbai: An unauthorised building in south Mumbai''s congested Dongri locality collapsed Tuesday, 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. 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. Officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had put the death toll at four and the number of injured at nine.

Maharashtra Housing Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil earlier said 12 to 13 people were killed, citing preliminary information. The building was unauthorised, officials of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) said, adding it was not under its supervision. It stood behind the 100-year-old Kesarbai building which is under MHADA''s jurisdiction and already vacated because of its condition, the officials said. The difficult access to the site prevented ambulances and earth movers from being deployed, and rescue workers, including residents, used bare hands to remove concrete chunks, door frames and household items. Ambulances had to be parked some 50 metres away.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis earlier said the building was around 100 years old. It was not in the list of dilapidated buildings and was given to a developer for redevelopment. Between 10 and 15 families lived in the building, he said. As night fell on the city, hundreds of people continued the job of rescuing people from under the rubble of the building, which was located in a bustling lane off Tandel Street. Fire brigade, Mumbai Police and civic officials rushed to the site but the constricted lanes made it difficult to access the area, reduced to a mass of rubble, twisted concrete and broken wires. Scores of locals joined in the effort, forming a human chain to help in removing the debris brick by brick and picking up slabs of concrete to locate those buried in the predominantly Muslim area.

The rescue work, hampered by narrow lanes, was further hindered by politicians, including ministers and legislators, making a beeline for the site. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who expressed his anguish at the loss of lives. "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," the Prime Minister''s Office tweeted, quoting Modi. TV channels showed dramatic visuals of a child, wrapped in a cloth, being carried out of the debris by rescue workers. The child is alive, officials said.

A barely conscious woman was also pulled out and carried in a makeshift stretcher made of cloth. There were many anxious, frantic moments as family members of those missing waited for some news, their hopes dimming with each passing hour. Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said he had asked the municipal commissioner to launch a probe. The BMC has opened a shelter at Imamwada Municipal Secondary Girls School after the building collapse, a civic official said. "We are assuming that 10 to 12 families are still under the debris," Mumbadevi MLA Amin Patel told reporters at the spot. All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen MLA Waris Pathan called it a "man-made disaster".

As rescue efforts went on, there was confusion about which body owned the building. A civic official said around 500 buildings were declared as dilapidated this year but of them, only 68 have been evacuated. According to Congress leader and long time Mumbaikar Milind Deora, the story was the same each monsoon. "This is unfortunately something that happens in Mumbai every year during monsoon. Walls collapse, there are pot holes on roads where people die and young boys fall into manholes," he said. The former Union minister said it was time for Mumbaikars to seek an explanation from the government for this recurring problem.

There was heavy deployment of police personnel who had barricaded the affected areas. Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi and Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve were among those who visited the site of the building collapse. While Mumbai has thousands of glitzy buildings and structures, including the Mumbai international airport and the Worli Sealink, there are many more colonial era apartments, residential complexes and public infrastructure such as bridges and roads that are in dilapidated condition. Earlier this month, over 20 people were killed in multiple incidents of wall collapses in the city''s worst monsoon rains in a single day in 14 years.

In March, five persons were killed and 29 injured after a section of a foot overbridge outside Mumbai''s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus collapsed during rush hour. And in July last year, the pedestrian section of the Gokhale bridge in Andheri bridge collapsed, killing two people. Tragedies such as Tuesday''s, especially induced by monsoon rains, are all too common in Mumbai metropolitan area, India''s largest city by population with 22.5 million people.


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Don't do politics over Nirbhaya case: Kejriwal to BJP
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Owaisi hits out at Bipin Rawat on "de-radicalisation" comments
Owaisi hits out at Bipin Rawat on "de-radicalisation" comments
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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Want to do age-appropriate roles: Saif Ali Khan
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Rachel Bloom to star in PopTV pilot 'Mother Mary'
Biopic on M S Bitta and dance troupe Kings United in works
Spike Lee to serve as Cannes Film Festival jury president
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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Top Iran leader: Trump is a 'clown' who will betray Iranians
Musharraf approaches Pak SC to suspend death sentence ruling by special court in high treason case
KERALA NEWS
Kerala govt will continue fight against CAA: Minister
 Thiruvananthapuram: A day after it moved the Supreme Court against the controversial Citizenship Ame
Sabarimala all set for Makaravilakku; Heavy security at Ayyappa shrine
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Police book BJP workers for raising provocative slogans
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