Building collapses in Mumbai’s Malad, 11 reported dead

The collapsed structure is located inside New Collector’s compound in Malad West. News agency ANI quoted BMC officials as saying that the collapse engulfed another residential structure close by.

Image Source: Scroll In A three-story residential building collapsed on another structure in West Malad, on the day when Mumbai received heavy rainfall. A portion of a ground floor + 3 story-residential structure fell on an adjoining ground floor+1 structure in Mumbai’s Malad. This led to the death of 11 people amongst which 8 were kids and the youngest victim aged one and a half years old, and 7 people are heavily wounded and have been admitted to BDBA Municipal General Hospital According to the BMC disaster management cell, the incident was reported around 11:10 pm from the New Collector compound slum on Abdul Hamid road in Malvani gate no 8 areas. The BMC reported that collapse not only engulfed the nearby residential structure, but its effects are also found in another residential building, which is now in a dangerous condition. Till now the civic bodies have evacuated residents from three nearby buildings.

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The local Malwani police and fire brigade officials are at the spot, carrying out rescue operations. As per updates, 18 people have been rescued, however, the officials said more people could be trapped under the debris. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, along with Aaditya Thackeray, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, and Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar, visited the hospital to meet those injured in the incident. The Maharashtra government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. The state government also promised to bear the medical expenses of the injured. Meanwhile the government, Narendra Modi announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia each for the next of kin of the deceased from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and a sum amount of Rs 50,000 handed over to the ones who are injured. The leader of the opposition, Devendra Fadnavis has demanded an inquiry into the collapse, sought actions against those responsible, and providing assistance to the families. The Mumbai Police will register a case under section 304 (2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against the owner of the building that collapsed and the contractor. “They had recently made some structural changes after Cyclone Tauktae,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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