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Mumbai Dongri Building Collapse updates: Toll rises to seven, reports ANI; MHADA says structure doesn't come under its purview

Mumbai Dongri Building Collapse LIVE updates: The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has put out a statement saying that the collapsed building in Dongri did not come in its purview.

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Mumbai Dongri Building Collapse updates: Toll rises to seven, reports ANI; MHADA says structure doesn't come under its purview
  • A four-storey building in Mumbai's Dongri area collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, and more than 40 people are feared trapped under the debris

  • A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been rushed to the spot, however, the area is reportedly difficult to access because of narrow lanes

  • Reports also said that the structures in the area are old and dilapidated, and that redevelopment work was happening on some building

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14:19 (ist)

BMC issues statement

 

The BMC issued a statement regarding the Kesarbai building collapse in Dongri. The civic body said, "In an extremely unfortunate incident, the Kesarbai building in Dongri collapsed at 11.40 am. According to preliminary information, 40 to 50 people are most likely trapped in the debris.

Two to three teams of the NDRF, the fire brigade, our disaster management team and all senior officials of the MCGM are on the site. Rescue work is in progress and we request citizens to cooperate with the authorities."

13:34 (ist)

Mumbai Police asks citizens to stay away from collapse site

 

The Mumbai Police issued a statement on the "unfortunate" incident of the building collapse in Mumbai's Dongri on Tuesday.

"Humble request to citizens to stay away from the incident spot to facilitate effective rescue operations by authorities. A green corridor has been provided for all emergency services and rescue operations," the statement said.

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July 16, 2019 - 18:50 (IST)

Death toll rises to 7: ANI

July 16, 2019 - 18:17 (IST)

Rescue operations on in full swing, says Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah called the collapse of a building in Dongri, "very tragic". "My condolences with the bereaved families and prayers for early recovery of those injured. The rescue operations are (on) in full swing. The sate government, NDRF, and local authorities are doing their best to assist people in need," he said.

July 16, 2019 - 18:05 (IST)

MHADA says collapsed building doesn't come under its purview

News18 reported that the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority has put out a statement saying that the collapsed building in Dongri did not come in its purview.

July 16, 2019 - 18:01 (IST)

Visuals from Dongri

BMC commissioner Praveen Pardeshi visited the site of collapse, where the rescue operations are underway.

July 16, 2019 - 18:00 (IST)

Toll rises to 5, reports ANI

ANI reported that the toll has risen to five in the Dongri building collapse. Eight people have been injured in the incident so far.

July 16, 2019 - 17:53 (IST)

Congestion, crowds add chaos to rescue work

The site of the building crash in the congested Dongri area was crowded and chaotic as hundreds of onlookers created hurdles in the rescue operation even as NDRF and civic personnel attacked the rubble with bare hands to reach survivors.

The narrow road leading to the ill-fated four-storeyed building meant NDRF jawans could not get earth-moving equipment near the rubble, leaving them with no option but to carry out the search-and-rescue operation manually. The rescue work is expected to get prolonged because of this, a NDRF official at the site said.

Onlookers crowding the site and lanes leading to it threw up problems of quick evacuation of the injured to ambulances and onward to hospitals, an official said.

PTI

July 16, 2019 - 17:44 (IST)

Unfortunate such incidents happen in Mumbai every monsoon: Milind Deora

Congress leader Milind Deora said, "This is unfortunately something that happens in Mumbai every year during monsoon. You'll see walls collapse, there are pot holes on roads where people die, young boys fall into manholes. Mumbaikars must ask what the government is doing."

July 16, 2019 - 17:42 (IST)

BMC commissioner says rescue ops a priority

BMC commissioner Praveen Pardeshi, who is at the site of the collapse, told reported that the incident is tragic and it shouldn't have happened. Rescue and relief operation is are our priority. Fire Brigade, NDRF are doing their job," he said.

July 16, 2019 - 17:22 (IST)

Probe ordered by Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said a probe has been launched to find out the exact reason behind this disaster.

The Indian Express further quoted a MHADA official as saying that the collapsed building had been illegal since 1987.

July 16, 2019 - 17:05 (IST)

List of people killed in Dongri building collapse

Mumbai Dongri Building Collapse LATEST updates: The death toll has risen to five. The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has put out a statement saying that the collapsed building in Dongri did not come in its purview.

BMC commissioner Praveen Pardeshi, who is at the site of the collapse, told reported that the incident is tragic and it shouldn't have happened. Rescue and relief operation is are our priority. Fire Brigade, NDRF are doing their job," he said.

The trustee of the Kesarbai Building, S Hussain, was quoted by CNN-News18 as saying that the building which collapsed — reportedly the 'B wing' of the entire complex — was an illegal structure.

He also said that the building was constructed in 1986 and that the redevelopment was halted because tenants "refused to pay the redevelopment charges".

While some media outlets like the Press Trust of India reported that 12 people had died in the Dongri building collapse, The Indian Express quoted the Mumbai Police PRO as having identified two people who died.

Vishwanath Mahadeshwar visited the site and said that the search and rescue operation was "priority" at the moment, even as he fielded questions about who was to be held accountable for the incident. "We will conduct an investigation into the incident, but now only the search and rescue operation is the priority," he said.

According to the report drawn up by the BMC on the Kesarbai building in 2017, the building was categorised as 'C1', which implies that it must be evacuated immediately and be demolished.

The building collapse in the Dongri area has been classified as a level-2 disaster by authorities, reports said. In addition, many women are likely to be among the 40 to 50 people trapped in the debris, CNN-News18 said.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis issued a statement about the Kesarbai building collapse: "Affected building is 100 years old, but wasn't included in list of dangerous buildings. The building had been given to the developer for redevelopment. The work to get rescue those stuck under the debris is being carried out on a war-footing."

The Mumbai Police issued a statement on the "unfortunate" incident of the building collapse in Mumbai's Dongri on Tuesday.

"Humble request to citizens to stay away from the incident spot to facilitate effective rescue operations by authorities. A green corridor has been provided for all emergency services and rescue operations," the statement said.

Reports said that the NDRF teams have reached the spot of the building collapse after facing difficulties in accessing the area. They were reportedly provided a 'green corridor' to aid in reaching the spot.

BMC was quoted by reports as saying that five people have been rescued, however, two have died in the accident.

As the NDRF teams are facing difficulties to reach the spot of the building due to narrow lanes, locals have formed a human chain to help to clear the debris as search and rescue operations are ongoing.

The BMC has said that more than 40 people, or 10 to 15 families have been trapped under the debris of the building collapse in Mumbai's Dongri. Locals are also contributing to the rescue operations as the area is difficult to access due to narrow lanes and dense structures.

A four-storey building in Mumbai's Dongri area collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, and more than 40 people are feared trapped under the debris. A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been rushed to the spot, however, the area is reportedly difficult to access because of narrow lanes.

Reports said that the incident occurred at 11.40 am. The structures in the area are old and dilapidated and reportedly, redevelopment work was also happening on some buildings in the locality.

The BMC's disaster management cell was quoted by ANI as saying that the Kesarbai Building on Tandel Street in Dongri collapsed, but the reason for the accident was not specified. Fire tenders have been sent to the site, adjacent buildings are being evacuated.

CNN-News18 reported that locals in the area were aiding the fire and rescue authorities in clearing the debris that is hampering the operations.

More details are awaited.

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