2 dead, 12 injured in Mumbai apartment building collapse: The Tribune India


Bombay, June 28

Two men were killed and 12 others injured in the collapse of a four-storey building in Mumbai, a fire official said on Tuesday.

A wing of the residential building, located in Naik Nagar society in Kurla, collapsed around midnight, the official said.

The injured were transferred to hospitals in Ghatkopar and Sion.

Two men, aged 28 and 30, among those brought to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar were pronounced dead on arrival, a city official said.

A woman, trapped under the rubble, was rescued by a team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Rescuers cheered as the woman was pulled out alive from the rubble.

Fire personnel were looking for other survivors, the official said.

Earlier, residents informed fire personnel that around 20 people were trapped under the debris, the official said, adding that the numbers could vary.

A dozen fire trucks were deployed to the scene, in addition to two rescue vans and other firefighting equipment, the official said.

Fire and NDRF crews were engaged in search and rescue operations at the site along with city staff and police.

NDRF Commander Anupam Srivastava said two of their teams were involved in search and rescue work at the building.

A connected wing of the building was also in a dilapidated and collapse-prone state, and its residents were relocated, a city official said.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had issued notices to the collapsed building on several occasions since 2013, under the provisions of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, initially for repairs and then for evacuation and demolition, a Additional City Commissioner Ashwini Bhide told PTI.

“Even lawsuits for non-compliance were filed. Later, the residents had the structural audit redone and classified the building as repairable, but did not carry out the repairs,” said the official, who visited the scene on Tuesday and reviewed the search and rescue operation.

Bhide said that despite continued efforts by the BMC to evacuate the building, people continued to stay there.

Residents of the building had even pledged to stay there at their own risk, she said.

Maharashtra’s Minister of Environment and Tourism, Aaditya Thackeray visited the site and reviewed the search and rescue operation. This is the third major building collapse in the metropolis this month.

On June 23, the slab of a two-story industrial structure collapsed in the Chembur area, killing a 22-year-old and injuring 10 others.

On June 9, a three-storey residential building collapsed in the suburb of Bandra, where a 55-year-old man was killed and 18 others were injured.

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