14 deaths, many injured: as 250 tonne illegal hoarding snatched like a monster in the tornado

According to the Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), a total of 88 people have been rescued from under the hoarding. 43 are still hospitalized. While 31 have been discharged. Rescue operation is still going on.

Bhoomi Goyal
Published on: 14 May 2024 7:24 AM GMT
14 deaths, many injured: as 250 tonne illegal hoarding snatched like a monster in the tornado
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At least 14 people died and more than 70 were injured when a 100-foot tall illegal hoarding fell on a petrol pump during a dust storm and rain in Ghatkopar area of Mumbai. After receiving information about the accident, a team of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) immediately reached the spot and rescued the people buried under the hoarding. According to the Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), a total of 88 people have been rescued from under the hoarding. 43 are still hospitalized. While 31 have been discharged. Rescue operation is still going on.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde visited the incident site late in the evening. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said a case of "culpable homicide" would be registered against whoever was responsible for the hoarding falling. A compensation of Rs 5 lakh will be given to the families of those who died in this accident.

Speaking to media persons after visiting the disaster control room at the civic body's headquarters, BMC Commissioner Bhushan Gagrani said the hoarding was illegal as the BMC had not given permission (to put it up). BMC had been objecting to the installation of hoardings for a year. He said, “It was an illegal hoarding. At the place where this incident took place, four hoardings were put up on the railway land and one of them fell. BMC had been objecting to the hoarding for a year. Railways had given permission to put up hoardings.

According to BMC officials, the size of the hoarding was 120 by 120 feet. Hoardings larger than 40 by 40 feet are not allowed. “We had repeatedly raised the issue for action,” officials claimed, adding that the licensing department of BMC had also issued a notice.

A senior civic body official said, “Machinery including cranes and gas cutters were sent to the spot to lift the hoardings. Many people have been evacuated. The injured have been admitted to different hospitals.

Mumbai Police posted on social media platform The metal girder of a hoarding measuring 70 by 50 meters fell on Railway Petrol Pump, Samta Colony, Ghatkopar (East).

Bhoomi Goyal

Bhoomi Goyal

English Content Writer in Newstrack from Jaipur, Rajasthan. (Education, Business, Technology, Political, Sports, Lifestyle, Crime and Webstories)

My self Bhoomi Goyal from Jaipur, Rajasthan. I have passed my Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication this year. I worked in Rajasthan Patrika for six months as an intern. I am working here from June 1st. I passed my graduation in BCA from Rajasthan University and master's in journalism and mass communication from Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur.

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