2 persons killed, around 50 feared trapped after building collapses in Mumbai

12:56, Jul 16 Search and rescue operation under way at Dongri building collapse site

"Despite these tragedies, no steps have been taken by the BMC to demolish the buildings declared "dangerous" in the past six years", Sheikh said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemns the incident.

At least seven people are believed to have been rescued. It said in an event of mishap they will not be responsible, ANI reported.

Housing Minister Radhkrishna Vikhe-Patil said a probe would be ordered into the incident. "This is an illegal building, even though it is in the middle of MHADA colony in Dongri", he said. Rescue and relief operation is our priority.

Narrow lanes in the Abdul Hamid Durgah area of Dongri in South Mumbai made it very hard for the official agencies to reach the spot.

An NDRF officer confirmed that two teams had been despatched to the spot. They are being treated at various hospitals in Mumbai. Authorities have said there is no money to rebuild the structure.

The building housed 15 families.

Local MLA Varis Pathan accused the authorities of neglecting the old dilapidated buildings. The entire focus is on rescuing the people trapped. "Investigation will be done", he said.

11 families trapped inside the debris, according to early reports. "So the team has marched on foot to the site and has carried all the rescue equipment needed to the site on their own".

Several fire teams and personnel from the National Disaster Response Force have been dispatched to the scene.

The cause of the collapse is not clear.

"The Dongri building collapse is really unfortunate".

This was the deadliest collapse of a building since September 2017, when the 117-year-old Husaini building crumbled in Bhendi Bazaar, killing 33 people.

MHADA Chairman Uday Samant said the building, located in Dongri area, was under their jurisdiction but given to a private builder for re-development.



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