Building collapse leaves 11 dead in India

Eleven dead, several others injured as 50-year-old-building collapses in India

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Rescuers watch as others use excavators to scour the debris to look for survivors at the site of a collapsed residential building on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, August 4, 2015.

Eleven people died, several others injured as a 50-year-old-building collapsed near India’s western city of Mumbai at 2:00am local time on Monday.

One other person has gone missing and many others are feared trapped under the debris of the building.

According to local media reported on Tuesday, the collapse occurred in the Naupada area of the city of Thane near Mumbai while families were sleeping inside the three-floor residential building.  

“Eleven bodies have been recovered and seven people pulled out alive. Another one person is missing,” Alok Avasthy, an official with India’s National Disaster Response Force, told reporters.

“It was a 50-year-old structure that was in a dilapidated state and had been declared unsafe by the government two years back but people still lived there,” Avasthy added.

Rescue operations have been continuing by the fire brigade, National Disaster Force (NDRF) and other agencies reported.

The accident comes just after a week when another old building collapsed under heavy monsoon rains killing nine residents and injuring many others in the Mumbai suburb of Thakurli.

Mumbai, the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra, is among the cities which haves the highest rack rents in Asia.

For this reason, 60 percent of the people in the city, within 18 million population, live in slums.

At least 100 people died in Mumbai in the last two years because of building collapses.

TRTWorld and agencies