At least 11 people, including eight children, died late on Wednesday after a residential building collapsed on another structure at a slum in Mumbai’s Malad area, NDTV reported. Seven people were injured in the incident.
Officials said that more people could be trapped under the debris. They said search and rescue operations were underway.
“Total 18 injuries were reported, of which 11 people were brought dead,” a doctor from a hospital in suburban Kandivali told NDTV.
The Malwani Police said the incident occurred around 11.10 pm on Wednesday when one building collapsed on an adjacent one. The incident also put a nearby three-storey building at risk.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said it was also evacuating people from the three-storey structure as it is in a dilapidated condition.
Reports said the building collapsed after heavy rainfall in the city during the first day of monsoon.
A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder has been registered against the owner, identified as Rizwan Siddique, of the Malad house that collapsed, reported the Hindustan Times.
On Monday, one person was killed and five others injured after the wall of a four-storey building collapsed on the adjoining two-storey house in Bandra.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 2 lakh each as compensation to the families of those who were killed in the incident.
The Maharashtra government said it will provide Rs 5 lakh each as ex-gratia for the families of those dead, adding that the state will bear the medical costs, reported PTI.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed grief about the loss of lives. He also visited the Shatabdi Hospital in Mumbai to inquire about the condition of the survivors, the chief minister’s office said.