Mumbai: At least 10 people have died, and eight injured in the building collapse reported from Dongri. The four-storey building collapsed in Dongri area around 11 AM on Tuesday. More than 40 people are feared trapped in Kesarbai building in Tandel street.
Some reports said that six people have been rescued, including a child.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said, “As per the initial information I have received, around 15 families are feared trapped in the collapse. The building is around 100 years old. The entire focus is on rescuing the people trapped. An investigation will be done.”
Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve and DCP, Zone 1, Abhishek Trimukhe also visited the site.
MHA President Uday Samant said the building was given to the developer for rebuilding and 15 families lived in it. BMC, in a letter dated August 7, 2017. had classifed the building as ‘C1′, to be evacuated for demolition at the earliest. “In the event of any mishap, this office won’t be responsible,” it had said.
Fire tenders, five NDRF teams and BMC Disaster Management Cell teams were immediately rushed to the site and rescue operations are on. It is proving tough to rescue people as the lanes are narrow.
BMC Chief Public Relation Officers has said that BMC has opened a shelter at Imamwada Municipal Secondary Girls’ School.
The site has been identified as Kesarbai building in Tandel street of Dongri. The first call was received by the disaster management team was at around 11 AM.
The teams are facing difficulty in rescue operations because of the narrow lanes. To expedite rescue work, NDRF has send another team.
Some reports say the building was over 80 years old and the area around it was being redeveloped. The Mumbai Police has requested the general public to stay away from the site and facilitate rescue work.