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Mumbai Building Collapse death toll rises to 16, dozens trapped

Ambulances, fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed to the spot and at least five persons were rescued from the debris within an hour of the incident and efforts were on to save more, the officials reports said

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima DwivediBy Arnima Dwivedi

Published on 31 Aug 2017 5:18 AM GMT

Multi-storeyed building collapses in Mumbai, many people trapped
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Mumbai: Death toll in Bhendi Bazar building collapse has risen to sixteen. A multi-storeyed residential building collapsed near JJ Hospital in south Mumbai's Bhendi Bazaar area,trapping over dozens of people inside, on Thursday.

Ambulances, fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed to the spot and at least five persons were rescued from the debris within an hour of the incident and efforts were on to save more, the officials reports said.

Ten fire engines, two JCBs, cranes and other machineries were deployed to clear the massive heap of rubble and extricate the victims underneath.

South Mumbai BJP corporator Atul Shah said the crashed Arsiwala Builidng was a ground-plus-four storeyed structure, housing a godown and around 10 families.

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"It was over a century old and dilapidated like many of the buildings in the locality. But it is not clear whether it is included on the list of dangerous buildings," Shah stated.

According to the Fire Brigade, the building had two wings which have completely collapsed. "30-35 persons are feared trapped," they said. The cause of the crash is not known yet.

The injured rescued were rushed to the JJ Hospital.

This is the first major building collapse after Tuesday's deluge in the city, and the second in five days after the Chandivali Crystal Business Park crash on August 26, that claimed six live.

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima Dwivedi

A journalist, presently working as a sub-editor with newstrack.com. I love exploring new genres of humans and humanity.

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