New Delhi: At least 10 people have been killed after a three-storey building collapsed in Patel Compound area in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi at around 3:40 AM on Monday.Also Read - Video: Property Worth Crores Gutted In Fire At Powerloom Unit In Maharashtra’s Thane | Watch

As per initial information, around 20 people, including a 5-year-old child have been rescued by locals. A total of 20-25 people are still feared to be trapped under the debris, said NDRF. Also Read - Has Third Wave of COVID Begun in Maharashtra? When Will it Peak? Here's What Health Minister Rajesh Tope Said

Following the incident, NDRF teams and local authorities were rushed to the spot to launch search and rescue operations. Also Read - Maharashtra: 20 Staff Members Of State Home Minister Tested Covid Positive

Speaking to PTI, a civic official said that the building, situated at Patel compound of Narpoli near Dhamankar Naka, collapsed at 3.40 AM, while the residents were asleep.

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish at the loss of lives. “Saddened by the building collapse in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected,” Modi tweeted.

President Kovind said that the loss of lives in the incident is quite distressing. “In this hour of grief, my thoughts & prayers are with victims. I wish speedy recovery of injured. Local authorities coordinating rescue & relief efforts”, he wrote on Twitter.

The incident comes nearly a month after 13 people lost their lives after a residential building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Raigad district. The five-storey building, which was about seven years old, had over 45 flats.

Expressing grief about that incident, PM Modi had said,”Saddened by the building collapse in Mahad, Raigad in Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their dear ones. I pray the injured recover soon. Local authorities and NDRF teams are at the site of the tragedy, providing all possible assistance.”

A case was also registered against the contractor of the building, Yunus Shaikh, and the architect.