Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Mumbai building collapse: Death toll rises 8; many feared trapped

Erik Tate | 26 July, 2017, 01:02

"It was due to shifting of casualties between hospitals", Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) chief fire officer P S Rahangdale was quoted as saying by PTI.

At least eleven people were rescued from the debris in Ghatkopar's Damodar Park area. The nursing home on the building's ground floor did not have many patients as the place was being renovated.

Fadnavis has asked the BMC commissioner to submit a report within 15 days, Mungantiwar said. Fourteen fire engines, one rescue van and an ambulance are now at the spot. Two succumbed to their injuries1.36pm: So far, 13 people have been rescued1.33pm: The update so far: 3 injured, 2 dead1.27pm: NDRF called in1.20pm: "My sister, daughter and her 5-month-old granddaughter".

"I came out of my building and found lot of dust and heard cries and noise of people seeking help".

Sniffer dogs are also taken to the site and were been pressed into service. The building, which had three flats on every floor, had telescoped down and turned into a pile of rubble.

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The building is thought to be 35 years old. The fact that the nursing home on the ground floor was not in operation may have also saved several lives.

A BMC report reveals that there are over 791 dilapidated buildings in Mumbai.

The BMC has also submitted an affidavit in the Bombay High Court regarding 45 buildings identified as risky for habitation where people continue to live. The Mumbai Fire Brigade has declared it as a major incident.

Meanwhile, the incident severely affected traffic movement on the LBS road, and Mumbai Traffic Police officials have deployed additional personnel to clear the traffic backlog, while the local police are helping with crowd control and rescue operations. Congress leader Pravin Chheda went on to tell ANI that Shitap was planning to run a guest house in the building, and hence the onus of the tragedy lies on him.

"Residents of the building had complained about the illegal adjustment being carried out by a local Sena leader, but officials of the BMC just sat on the complaint".

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