Three people were killed and 13 others injured after a four-storey residential building collapsed in Mumbai, officials said on Tuesday.A wing of the building, located in Kurla’s Naik Nagar Society, collapsed around midnight, they said, adding that its another wing was also likely to crash and was vacated.
Two men, aged 28 and 30, who were brought to the Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, was declared dead on arrival, a civic official said.
A wing of the residential building, located in Kurla’s Naik Nagar Society, collapsed around midnight, the official said.
A 4 storeyed house (L3) partially collapsed at Kurla late last night.— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) June 28, 2022
10 people were rescued by the fire brigade and shifted to Rajawadi hospital.
Search and rescue operations are underway. Unfortunately, one person is reported dead. #BMCUpdates
The injured people were shifted to civic hospitals in Ghatkopar and Sion. A woman, who was trapped under the debris, was rescued by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
Fire brigade personnel were searching for more survivors, the official said.
Earlier, locals informed the fire brigade personnel that around 20-22 people were trapped under the debris, when they reached the spot after receiving a call about the incident, the official said, adding that the numbers may vary.
Around a dozen fire engines were deployed at the spot, besides two rescue vans and other fire brigade equipment, the official said.
Teams of the fire brigade and the NDRF were engaged in the search and rescue operations at the site along with civic staff and police.
NDRF commandant Anupam Srivastava said two of their teams were involved in the search and rescue work at the building.
A connected wing of building was also in a dilapidated condition and likely to collapse, and its residents were shifted out, a civic official said.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had been issuing notices to the collapsed building repeatedly since 2013, under provisions of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, initially for repairs and then for vacating it and demolition, Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Bhide told PTI.
"Even prosecution for-non compliance was initiated. Later, the residents got the structural audit redone and got the building categorised as repairable, but didn't carry out the repairs," said the official, who visited the spot on Tuesday and reviewed the search and rescue operation.
Bhide said despite the BMC's continuous efforts to vacate the building, people had continued to stay there.
The building residents had even given an undertaking that they would stay there at their risk and cost, she said.
Maharashtra Environment and Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray also visited the site and reviewed the search and rescue operation.
In light of last night’s unfortunate incident, where one precious life has been lost, we are reviewing the notices issued by @mybmc to the dilapidated buildings to look into evacuation and demolition of such structures, ensuring the safety of the residents. pic.twitter.com/SLAFNRJdXt— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) June 28, 2022
" It is my earnest request to Mumbaikars residing in dilapidated accommodations, to please take the notice from @mybmc and other authorities seriously and vacate the premises at the earliest. It can be of great help during such unfortunate circumstances", he tweeted.
It is my earnest request to Mumbaikars residing in dilapidated accommodations, to please take the notice from @mybmc and other authorities seriously and vacate the premises at the earliest. It can be of great help during such unfortunate circumstances pic.twitter.com/3CmUTbNUZv— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) June 28, 2022
This is the third major building collapse incident in the metropolis this month.
On June 23, the slab of a two-storey industrial structure collapsed in Chembur area, killing a 22-year-old person and injuring 10 others. On June 9, a three-storey residential building collapsed in suburban Bandra, where a 55-year-old man was killed and 18 others suffered injuries.
(with inputs from PTI)