A dilapidated building collapsed outside Mumbai today killing at least 11 people, the second such accident around the Indian financial capital in a week, a rescue official said. The fire brigade personnel also reached the spot before the arrival of disaster Management team and pulled out three people from the debris.
“Thane Municipal Corporation had issued notices to residents to evacuate the 50-year-old building“. This is the second incident of a building collapsing in Thane within a week.
Minister of state for urban development Ranjit Patil, who visited the site, said, “Buildings that have completed more than 30 years should get a structural audit done”.
NDRF deputy commandant S. Gawde said his team of 50 and a sniffer dog rescued another four people from under the debris. Five families were still living in some of the 16 flats in the building, constructed in 1965. “Fire engines rushed to the spot in subsequent 15 minutes”, Rajan Khatri, a safety guard in the adjoining building, advised Hindustan Times. The owner waits for his tenants to vacate the building so that he can get it redeveloped and make profit.
Between 2008 and 2012, there were 100 building collapse s in which 53 people died and 103 others were injured, authorities say.
Last week, a three-storey residential building collapsed in Thakurli area of Thane, leaving nine dead.