New Delhi: Search and rescue operation continued at the spot where a building collapsed in Kajalpura area of Raigad district last evening. Speaking to ANI, Raigad District Collector Nidhi Chaudhari said that two deaths reported so far, while 18 people are still feared trapped under the debris. Also Read - Raigad Building Collapse: Death Toll Rises to 13, Maharashtra Govt Announces Financial Assistance | Key Points

The Tarek Garden building collapsed at Kajalpura in Mahad tehsil around 6 pm yesterday. Constructed by two Mumbai-based realtors, the building, said to be around 6 years old.

There were around 40 flats in the building, officials said, adding those rescued were shifted to a local hospital at Mahad, which is around 170 km from Mumbai.

Meanwhile, teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are at the spot for rescue operations. Canine squads were also deployed at the scene of the collapse.

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Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar discussed the issue with Collector Nidhi Choudhari and Mahad Shiv Sena MLA Bharat M. Gogawale, and directed them to arrange for all help to the victims.

Terming the incident as “very tragic”, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that he had spoken to the Director-General of NDRF to provide all assistance.

“The collapse of a building in Raigad, Maharashtra is very tragic. Have spoken to DG-NDRF HQ to provide all possible assistance, teams are on the way and will be assisting with the rescue operations as soon as possible. Praying for everyone’s safety,” Shah tweeted.

Former Maharashtra CM and Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis expressed shock over the tragedy and prayed for the safety of the people.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said,”I am distressed by the accident. Condolences to the families of the deceased. There is an appeal to the state government to provide assistance to the injured and trapped people at the earliest.”