Six people were killed in two different incidents of building collapse in Mumbai’s Fort Area and Malad on Thursday following heavy rain. Another building caved in in Thane earlier in the day, but there were no casualties.
Four people were killed and 17 rescued after a portion of a six-storeyed residential building collapsed in South Mumbai’s Fort Area in the afternoon. Four fire engines, one rescue van, an ambulance and an earth mover were sent to the spot. Later, a National Disaster Response Force team joined the rescue operation.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant visited the spot. Sawant told ANI that the building was under repair.
Malad chawl collapse
Two people died after a chawl collapsed in Malad suburb of Mumbai as heavy rain continued to lash the city, Mumbai Mirror reported. Some people are still feared trapped.
The incident took place around 2.30 pm at Plot No 8B, Gate No 5 at Abdul Hamid Marg in Malvani area of Malad. Four fire engines, a rescue van and an ambulance were sent to the spot. The fire brigade has so far rescued two persons and provided them first aid.
Before the fire engines arrived, local residents rescued two persons from the debris and sent them to hospital.
Thane building collapse
A portion of a three-storey residential building collapsed in Thane on Thursday, PTI reported. The civic authorities had marked the building as “very dangerous”. Thane Municipal Corporation Disaster Management Cell chief Santosh Kadam said there were no casualties.
The balcony of an apartment on the third floor of the building, called Gayatri, collapsed around 8.30 am. Local fire personnel and a team of the disaster management cell rushed to the spot and removed the debris, Kadam said.
The 35-year-old building had been vacated last year and sealed. Kadam said a team of engineers will decide whether to demolish dangerous portions of the structure.