A multi-storeyed residential building collapsed in Bhendi Bazar area of south Mumbai on Thursday, with the civic officials fearing that about 40 people many people are trapped under the rubble.
“Twelve people, who found under the debris , rushed to JJ hospital. While five of them in critical condition, two brought dead. One patient died during treatment,” said Dr TP Lahane from JJ hospital.
Our disaster management cell received a call at 8.40am about the collapse. We immediately rushed fire brigade personnel to the site to rescue the trapped people. We fear that several people trapped under the debris,” a senior Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) official said.
Search and rescue operations were underway with the help of local residents.
“Forty people believed to stuck inside and a 43-member team conducting rescue operations,” an official for India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) told AFP.
It also not known whether the building on the list of dangerous structures under the MCGM limits.
The incident occurred two days after the city received torrential rains, which suspected to have damaged the building.
A Mumbai Police official said the area near the building has cordoned off. The fire department personnel and medical staff have reached the spot, he added.