Mumbai: Twelve people were killed and eight were injured in the collapse of the building from the hill station.
A four-storey building collapsed at around 11 am on Tuesday morning in the hill area. More than 40 people are feared trapped in Kesarbai Building in Tandel Street. Some reports said that six people, including a child, were rescued.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said, “As per the initial information I have received, around 15 families are feared trapped in the collapse. The building is around 100 years old. The entire focus is on rescuing the people trapped. An investigation will be done.”
Housing Minister reaching there.
Asked Minister @girishdmahajan to take care of all medical assistance.
Asked to avoid crowd as there is narrow space. Currently our prime focus is on rescue efforts.
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— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) July 16, 2019
Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve and DCP Zone 1, Abhishek Trikheke also visited the site of the incident.
MHA president Uday Samant said that the building was given to the developer for rebuilding and it contained 15 families. BMC had classified the building as an in C1 letter in a letter written on August 7, 2017, which was vacant to demolish it as soon as possible. “In the event of an accident, this office will not be responsible,” it was said.
Fire tenders, five teams of NDRF and BMC Disaster Management Cell teams were immediately sent to the spot and rescue operations are in progress. It is proving hard to save people because the streets are narrow.
To speed up the rescue operation one more #NDRF team mobolised.
Total 3 teams deployed. https://t.co/KzVFkmMsXd
— NDRF (@NDRFHQ) July 16, 2019
BMC’s Chief Public Relations Officer has said that the BMC has opened a shelter at Imamwada Municipal Secondary Girls School.
The site has been identified as Kesarbai Bhawan in Tandel Gali in Dongri. The first call to the disaster management team was found around 11 o’clock in the morning.
Due to narrow streets, teams are facing difficulties in rescue operations. NDRF has sent another team to expedite rescue work.
Some reports say that the building was more than 80 years old and the area around it was redeveloped. Mumbai Police requested the general public to stay away from the site and facilitate rescue work.