Saturday, 17 August, 2019

Four storey building collapses in India - 40 feared trapped

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Patty Aguilar | 16 July, 2019, 18:36

A four-story residential building collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai on Tuesday, trapping an estimated 40 people in the rubble, police and fire officials said.

The four-storey Kesarbai building in Tandel street of Dongri collapsed this morning in Mumbai.

He hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured. Several people are still feared trapped under the debris. Rescue operations are underway as families and people are feared trapped in rubble. The NDRF has declared the situation as a Level 2 incident.

NDRF team has also moved to the building collapse site.

"I ran. It felt like a big natural disaster", a teenager who saw the building fall told local broadcaster NDTV.

Building safety is a major issue in Mumbai, one of the world's most crowded cities next to Dhaka in Bangladesh, according to the World Economic Forum.

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The rescue work was further delayed as politicians, including ministers, legislators and the Leader of Opposition, made a beeline to the building collapse site.

-After the collapse, a part of the building was left standing. The process of redeveloping old buildings will only gain speed when arrangements are made for rehabilitating tenants.

"Adjacent buildings are in a very unsafe condition and are vacated".

Ambulances and fire trucks have been forced to park some distance away as the lane leading to the building is too narrow for them to enter.

According to sources, the 11 Ismail Habib building situated in front of the "Kesarbai" building, is also being evacuated as it was seen shaking.

The incident comes amid the annual June-September monsoon season as heavy rain weakens the foundations of buildings, causing poorly constructed structures to collapse.

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