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Building collapses in Mumbai: Death toll rises to 14, many still trapped

Building collapses in Mumbai: 5 dead, 40 feared to be trapped, rescue operation underway

Fourteen dead and many feared to be trapped as a 100-year-old four-storey building collapsed in Dongri, Mumbai on Tuesday morning. 

The death toll in Kesarbhai building collapse incident in Dongri, Mumbai rises to 14 as rescue operation are going on for the last 20 hours. A 100-year-old four-story building collapsed in Dongri neighbourhood around 11:40 am yesterday.

Till now, 30 people have been rescued and many still feared to be trapped. Three huge teams from the NDRF National Disaster Response Force are present at the site and are working on taking out the survivors.

Because of the rains in the past few weeks, the area around Dongri was flooded plus this area is filled with dilapidated buildings.

Around ten fire trucks and ambulances have reached the site, but they are parked away from the buildings as the lanes are too narrow and they cannot enter.

“The building was 100 years old. We have given permission to redevelop that area… We will know after investigation if the redevelopment initiative was delayed. Right now we are focusing on rescuing trapped people,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told reporters.

PM Modi took to Twitter to condoles the loss of lives. He tweeted:

As expected, the authorities are not taking responsibility for this mishappening. Both MHADA and BMC have blamed each other for the building collapse.

One of the major issues in Mumbai is the safety of the buildings, according to the World Economic Forum. Mumbai is the most crowded city after Dhaka.

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