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Mumbai building collapse as it happened: Death toll rises to 22 as over hundred year old structure reduced to rubble

Merely two days after heavy rains wreaked havoc in Mumbai, a three-storeyed building on Thursday collapsed in the Dongri area.

FP Staff August 31, 2017 19:47:05 IST
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Mumbai building collapse as it happened: Death toll rises to 22 as over hundred year old structure reduced to rubble

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09:25 (ist)

Waterlogging may have made building's foundation weaker

According to an article in India Today, experts said that waterlogging may have made the foundation of the building weaker.

Experts said that heavy rains combined with strong winds may have worsened the health of the building.

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Sept 01, 2017 - 10:26 (IST)

MHADA blames SBUT

MHADA held the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) responsible for the building collapse.

The SBUT, run by the Bohra community, was granted the rights to redevelop a cluster of old buildings in the area, including the collapsed building.

"We had in 2011 given the NOC for redevelopment of the building and we had been constantly pursuing the issue. We have all the papers and information with us regarding it," MHADA chief public relations officer Vaishali Wagh told local news channels.

She said MHADA had been constantly conveying to the families it was a "dangerous" building and that it had also apprised the SBUT of the risk.

Asked about the process MHADA follows once a building is declared unfit for housing, she said, "In technical processes, once we give an NOC for redevelopment, all further responsibilities lie with the developer."

"Then all further processes and action has to be taken by the developer (SBUT). We had in 2016 given permission to the SBUT to demolish the structure as this building posed a risk." — PTI

Sept 01, 2017 - 10:08 (IST)

20-day-old baby among 34 dead: NDTV

Sept 01, 2017 - 09:43 (IST)

Man trapped under debris rescued

Sept 01, 2017 - 09:25 (IST)

Waterlogging may have made building's foundation weaker

According to an article in India Today, experts said that waterlogging may have made the foundation of the building weaker.

Experts said that heavy rains combined with strong winds may have worsened the health of the building.

Sept 01, 2017 - 09:20 (IST)

Sept 01, 2017 - 08:53 (IST)

Nine more people rescued from debris

Fire brigade officials said that another nine people were rescued with injuries from the debris and admitted to the JJ Hospital.

Six officials of the fire department and one from the NDRF also suffered injuries in the operation.

The officials said that eight fire engines, one rescue van and ambulances have been are at the collapse site to assist the personnel in rescue operations. — PTI

Sept 01, 2017 - 08:17 (IST)

Death toll rises to 34: ANI

Sept 01, 2017 - 08:14 (IST)

Watch: Rescue operations continue

Sept 01, 2017 - 07:58 (IST)

Death toll crosses 30

Sept 01, 2017 - 07:56 (IST)

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Merely two days after heavy rains wreaked havoc in Mumbai, a six-storeyed building collapsed in the Dongri area on Thursday. Many people are feared to be trapped inside the building, several TV channels reported.

CNN-News18 reported that ten fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. Rescue operations are underway. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been moved to the spot.

"Our disaster management cell received a call at 8.40 am about the collapse. We immediately rushed fire brigade personnel to the site to rescue the trapped people. We fear that several people are trapped under the debris," a senior Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) official said.

He said the exact number of people staying in the building and those trapped cannot be confirmed immediately.

It is also not known whether the building was on the list of dangerous structures under the MCGM limits. A Mumbai Police official said the area near the building has been cordoned off.

On Tuesday, three people — including two minors — were killed as two houses collapsed in suburban Vikhroli in the wake of torrential rains that lashed Mumbai.

In the first incident in the hilly Suryanagar area, a house at a higher level collapsed on one below, trapping a one-and-a-half-year-old infant, Nikhil, 40-year-old Suresh Arjun Prasad Mourya and 25-year-old Kiran Baby Pal.

They were taken to a nearby civic hospital where Nikhil and Mourya were declared dead before admission.

At Varshanagar hill area of Vikroli Parksite, a protective wall collapsed on a house, killing two-year-old Kalyani Jangam on the spot. Her parents Gopal Jangam (36) and Chhaya Jangam (30) suffered injuries.

Torrential rains pounded Mumbai throughout the day on Tuesday. The city gauged a whopping 298 mm of rainfall, the highest in a day in August since 1997.

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