The death toll in a building collapse in south Mumbai’s congested Dongri locality has risen to 13, even as rescue and search operation from the rubble was still on. Bodies of two minors were recovered today morning.
“So far, 13 people, including six males, four females and three children have been declared dead, while nine have got injuries and getting medical treatment,” Sachidanand Gawde, the PRO of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) battalion, said. Gawde said the search and rescue operations continued the whole night and was still on.
More than 40 people are feared trapped in the building on Tandel street. At least three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are at the site conducting rescue operations.Out of the 10 people, who were injured after the illegal extension of a 100-year-old Kesarbai building gave way, one is a fireman involved in the rescue operation and another has been sent home.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “As per the initial information I have received, around 15 families are feared trapped in the collapse. The building is around 100 years old. The entire focus is on rescuing the people trapped.An investigation will be done.”The rescue teams faced difficulty in conducting operations as huge crowds had gathered in the narrow lanes. The Mumbai Police has, however, requested the general public to stay away from the site and facilitate rescue work.
Building collapses are common in Mumbai during the June-September monsoon season, when heavy showers lash India’s largest city and weaken the foundation of already decrepit structures. Earlier this month, multiple wall collapses killed 30 people. This was the deadliest collapse of a building since September 2017, when the 117-year-old Husaini building crumbled in Bhendi Bazaar, killing 33 people.