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At least two people have been killed and four rescued so far after a two-storey building collapsed around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday in the Hanuman Tekri area of Bhiwandi in Maharashtra. Several people are still feared trapped under the debris.

Fire tenders reached the spot and the rescue work is still underway. Locals are also trying to rescue those buried under the debris.

"The building had three families and we fear ten to twelve people are trapped under the rubble. The structure was in extremely dangerous condition. We had served an evacuation notice to the building and also cut off its water connection. Three families including the owner still continued to reside in the building," Sunil Zalke, public relations officer of Bhiwandi told the Hindustan Times.

Sajanlal Mahadev Gupta is the owner of the building that collapsed. Zalke fears that the owner is also trapped under the debris.

This is the second time in a week a building has collapsed in Bhiwandi. A three-storey building had collapsed last week claiming the lives of eight people and injuring 22.