Thane: Three persons died and two others were left injured as a building collapsed at Ulhasnagar in Thane district of Maharashtra on Sunday afternoon. Teams of police and fire department are present at the spot and the search and rescue operations are underway.

The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital.

The identities of those deceased was not ascertained till the time of filing this report.

Last year, the Thane Municipal Corporation ordered the evacuation of almost 57 flats in the Uthalsar housing society after a tilt was detected in a building. At least 300 people were residing in the four-storey building. All were temporarily relocated to vacant flats at a housing complex in the city’s Bhayander Pada area.

Briefing about the matter, Assistant Municipal Commissioner Shankar Patole had informed the building was constructed in 1983.

In 2016, at least 12 people were killed and 15 others were injured when a 50-year-old building called Krishna Niwas collapsed near the Thane Railway Station. According to reports, the deceased include Saurabh P Bhatt, 54, Ramchandra P Bhatt, 65, Mira R Bhatt, 58, Rachita R Bhatt, 22, Arun D Sawant, 62, Amit A Sawant, 40, Bhakti A Sawant, 32, Anaya A Khot, 7, Priya A Patel, 14, Manda A Nene, 70, Rashmi K Mange, 25 and Mahadeo R Barve, 60.