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Building collapses in Mumbai; 11 dead, some trapped

Building collapses in Mumbai; 11 dead, some trapped

The civic officials feared that as many as 40 people are trapped under the rubble.

Nine families were living in the old Arsiwala Building on Maulana Shaukat Ali Road in the busy marketplace.

At least 10 people have been injured after Husaini building, located near J.J. junction in the Pakmodia Street of Mumbai's Dongri area, collapsed at around 3:30 pm.

Mumbai is recovering from heavy rains and flooding. Police suspect that Tuesday's torrential rain weakened the structure of the building that collapsed.

Local media reported that a larger tragedy was averted as the building housed a school, which was closed at the time of the collapse.

- Seven dead and dozens injured in fresh building collapse in India.

"A 43-member team is conducting rescue operations", the NDRF official said. The tragic incident took place in Bhendi Bazaar, just after two days of City's heaviest rain in past 12 years.

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But residents frequently refuse to leave, and as a result, only a few of those buildings have now been evacuated or demolished.

South Mumbai has more than 16,000 buildings built before the 1940s and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) identified 791 of these buildings as unsafe in its pre-monsoon survey.

"Most of the buildings in Bhendi Bazaar are old and dilapidated". People are made fools first by spending so much money in doing nothing to storm water sewers (it's a scam by itself) and now they don't even know which buildings are old and is risky. "We always live in fear that they will collapse during monsoons", 63-year-old Mohammed Shaikh told AFP. It was another accident after July, in which a four-storey building was collapsed and killed 17 people.

The death toll is expected to rise.

At least 10 people were killed as the building near the J J Hospital in south Mumbai caved in.

Mumbai has been hit by several deadly building collapses in recent years, often caused by shoddy construction, poor quality materials or ageing buildings.

Rescuers were still helping find and pull people from what The Associated Press described as a "huge mound of mud, concrete slabs and twisted steel girders" Thursday afternoon.


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