10 killed in Mumbai building collapse

Wednesday 17th July 2019 06:46 EDT

Ten people, including three women, were killed and around 40 to 50 people are feared trapped under the debris of a four-storey building that collapsed in Mumbai's Dongri area on Tesday morning. The Kesar Bhai building, located near the Abdul Hamid Dargah on the Mohammed Ali Road, came crashing down suddenly, the officials said.

“The entire structure has collapsed and we have sought help from the National Disaster Response Force [NDRF], apart from other agencies like the BMC and the Mumbai police,” a Fire Brigade officer said. Mumbai police PRO has said that eight people, including two 3-year-old children, have been rescued so far.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that while the building was 100 year old, it wasn’t in the list of dangerous buildings. “It was to undergo redevelopment,” he added.

The building was a residential cessed structure and a No-Objection Certificate to redevelop the building was given in 2012 to a private developer. It did not feature in the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s annual list of dangerous buildings, which is released before the start of the monsoons every year, according to officials.

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