Three dead, several trapped as five-storeyed building collapses in Mumbai

Mumbai, August 31, 2017

At least three people died and several others were feared trapped when an old dilapidated  five-storeyed building collapsed in the  Bhendi Bazaar area, near J. J. Hospital, in south Mumbai here this morning.
The structure was located on Maulala Shaukat Ali Road and was more than a hundred years old, sources said.
Fire brigade personnel and teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed to the scene and were trying to extricate the victims from under the tonnes of debris.
Initial reports said three people were found dead and 11 others who suffered injuries were taken to the J J Hospital.
This is the third major incident of building collapse in the metropolis in recent weeks. On July 25, at least 17 people died and 11 others suffered injuries when a four-storeyed residential building collapsed in the suburban area of Ghatkopar.
On August 26, six people lost their lives when a part of a seven-storeyed under-construction building collapsed at Chandivali while some unauthorised portions of the structure were being demolished.
Municipal officials said they received a call about the collapse of the building around 8.40 am and the fire brigade was immediately rushed to the spot. There was no immediate word on the number of people living in the building and how many of them were trapped under the debris. Police have cordoned off the area to facilitate the smooth conduct of the search and rescue operations.
The incident has come two days after Mumbai experienced its heaviest rainfall since the July 2005 floods.
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