In the worst building crash this monsoon, at least 33 people were killed and another 14 injured when a 117-year-old, five-storey residential building collapsed in Bhendi Bazar area of south Mumbai.
The victims include 23 men and 9 women. Many are feared to be trapped inside the debris. Rescue operations are underway at the accident site.
The building collapse in Bhendi Bazaar was the second major such incident reported in Mumbai this monsoon. Twelve persons were killed and several injured when a residential building collapsed in Ghatkopar last month.Experts said rains could have made the foundation of the Hussaini building in Mumbai weaker leading to its crash.
In June 2013, a five-storey building collapsed in Mahim area of Mumbai following two days of incessant rain. The incident claimed 10 lives and injured another seven people.
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Ten fire engines and quick response team , two rescue vans, one house collapse van, ambulances, about 70 fire personnel, one National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team, two pock lane, six JCB and 16 dumpers are working for rescue operations.
The dilapidated Husaini Building, said to be about 117-year-old, was home to 9 families. The fateful building had also housed a playschool.
The heritage structure was declared unsafe for living about 6-7 years ago.
However, it is being feared by experts that torrential rains combined with gusty winds which has hit the megapolis since the last few days may have worsened the health of the structure leading to its crash this morning.
The NDRF, state disaster management, fire brigade personnel, dog squads and electronic gadgetry were deployed to trace those buried under the rubble.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief. “Collapse of a building in Mumbai is saddening. My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and prayers with the injured,” Modi tweeted.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the crash site and ordered a probe into the disaster.
Fadnavis announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of those who died in the Bhendi Bazaar building collapse. “Action will be taken in case of any negligence,” he said after visiting the collapse site.
As the building is situated in a heavily congested locality of south Mumbai, rescue teams and their large vehicles faced a tough time approaching it.
In the meantime, local residents initiated their own rescue efforts, moving the rubble with their hands to help the victims
funfacts(With inputs from agencies)
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