Mumbai building collapse – Twelve people have died and several injured after a building turned to rubble in the early hours of Tuesday near India’s western city of Mumbai.
The three-storey building is believed to be 50-year-old structure standing in the Thane area of India’s financial capital Mumbai. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) got a call from a local resident around 2:00 am about the building crash. At least 50 rescue workers along with two sniffer dogs reached the spot within few minutes after the call.
The Thane residents also contacted thane police station and fire brigade. Rescuers worked to locate and remove survivors from the rubble. Khatri, a security guard, said the whole building crumbled in five seconds.
About two years ago, the authorities had declared the old structure dangerous and unsafe for the residents but the people living in refused to vacate. In Mumbai, many citizens are forced to live in old, dilapidated properties due to high rental prices. More than half of the Mumbai’s population lives in slums and shantytowns.
The third floor of the building Krishna Niwas was occupied by five families and two other floors were vacant. The families were reported to be sleeping when the property turned to rubble. The recent incident happened just a week after nine people lost their lives when another three-storey building collapsed during heavy monsoon rains in Thakruli, a Mumbai suburb.
Nearly 14,000 buildings in the city are more than seven decades old. Mumbai city has witnessed more than 100 building collapses between 2008 – 2012, in which 53 people died and hundreds were injured. Last year, a similar incident shocked southern state Tamil Nadu where an 11-storey building collapsed following heavy rain that killed 61 people. IMAGE/AFP