At least five people killed after slabs of an illegal residential building collapsed in Maharashtra.
(Source of image: ANI News) On May 15, five people died after a four-storeyed residential building named Mohini Palace collapsed in Ulhasnagar town in Thane. The incident took place around 1:40 pm at camp 1 when a portion from the top floor of the building came crashing down. The deceased belonged to two different families, identified as Milind Parche (12), Savitri Parche (60), Aishvarya Haresh Dotwal (23), Haresh Dotwal (40), and Sandhya Haresh Dotwal (40).
Rescuers recover bodies from the debris. (Source of image: ANI News) At the time of the incident, 16 people were inside the building. Immediately a fire brigade team from Thane and the National Disaster Response Force were rushed to the spot. 11 people were rescued, out of which they gave 9 first aid and discharged and the other two, Kamlesh Achra (40) and Mahak Achra (38) were admitted. The rescue team found 5 more people who were rushed to the hospital but were declared brought dead on arrival. Kalyan MP Srikant Shinde said the deceased's family will be paid a compensation of ₹5 lakhs each.
The living room of the terrace flat gave way, crashing all the way down to the ground floor. (Source of image: The Indian Express) The building was constructed in 1994. There were 4 floors and 9 flats in the building—two flats on each floor, and one flat on the terrace. There were seven shops in the building and two flats on the second floor were vacant. According to the fire brigade officials, the floor of the living room of the terrace flat came crashing all the way down to the ground floor. The Dotwal family of four members stayed on the terrace flat, three of them in the living room died. The Parche family lived on the first floor. Two members of the family died while they rescued others in the bedroom and kitchen. PRO of Ulhasnagar civic body, Yuvraj Badhane said, “This was not in our dilapidated building list. We are checking if a structural audit of the building has been conducted. The building was constructed using Ulva Reti (type of sand considered being the cheapest)... We are appealing that structural audits of all buildings constructed using this sand be conducted, as these buildings are weak."