14 killed in Mumbai building collapse, rescue operations continue as many still trapped under debris

Mumbai: On Tuesday, the four-storey building collapsed in Mumbai’s Dongri area trapping about 50 people under the debris.

The residential building came down shortly before noon in which 11, including 4 women, one child were killed. In the city, hundreds of people continued the job of rescuing people from under the rubble of the Kesarbai building.

The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) claimed that the four-storey building was unauthorised. It is said that between 10 to 15 families lived in the building.

The difficult access to the site prevented ambulances and earth movers from being deployed, and rescue workers, including residents, used bare hands to remove concrete chunks, door frames and household items.

Ambulances had to be parked some 50 metres away. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the building was around 100 years old. It was not in the list of dilapidated buildings and was given to a developer for redevelopment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences in a tweet. “Collapse of a building in Mumbai’s Dongri is anguishing. My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. I hope the injured recover soon. Maharashtra government, NDRF and local authorities are working on rescue operations & assisting those in need,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted, quoting Modi.