A four-story residential building collapsed on Tuesday in the Dongari area of south Mumbai, so far 12 people were killed and five were injured. Many people are feared trapped in the debris. Five people, including an innocent, have been safely evacuated from among the people buried in the rubble. Housing Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil has said that 12 people have died in this accident so far. A lot of local people are engaged in the rescue.
An official of the disaster management cell of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that according to the preliminary information, a large part of this four-storeyed ‘Kesharbai Building’, in addition to the ground floor situated on the road in Ghori, fell down at around 11.45 am in the morning.
Police said that 12 people have died and five others have been injured in the accident. A lot of people were living in this building located in a very densely populated and narrow streets area. Many people are feared trapped in its debris.
Fire brigade department, Mumbai police and body officials have reached the spot but due to narrow roads, there are problems in relief and rescue operations. A large number of local people are also engaged in rescue work and are helping to remove debris.
Ambulance is not able to reach the spot, it has to stand 50 meters away. This building is owned by the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority. Officials of the organization have reached the spot. National Disaster Response Force teams have also reached the spot to help in rescue work.
According to a media report, BMC has declared 499 buildings in Mumbai unsafe. During the monsoon, there are 500 such buildings which are threatening. Many people living in these buildings who are headache for BMC do not want to vacate them.
In this case Mumbai’s Andheri-Jogeshwari (West) is at the forefront. Where 51 buildings are unsafe. After this, Viru Parel is in second place with 38 buildings, which were kept in the C1 category this year. Last year, BMC had described 619 buildings as dangerous. Although this number has decreased by 19 percent this year.
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