At least 12 people died after a four-storey building collapsed in Mumbai's Dongri area on Tuesday morning. Several people are still feared trapped under the debris. The NDRF teams have rescued nine people from the debris and they are currently undergoing treatment at local hospitals.
The Kesarbhai building was situated on Tandel Street in Dongri.
"This building must be 90-100 years old. I saw the bodies of some children. There were some seven-eight families in the building," an eyewitness was quoted as saying by NDTV.
"As per the initial information I have received, around 15 families are feared trapped in the collapse. The building is around 100 yrs old. The entire focus is on rescuing the people trapped. An investigation will be done," said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavios.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and fire brigade have rushed to the site for search and rescue operations. The NDRF has declared the situation as a Level 2 incident. Level 1 is the most serious.
"The entire structure has collapsed and we have sought help from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), apart from other agencies like the BMC and the Mumbai Police," an officer part of the Fire Brigade told The Hindu.
A BMC official said that the building was a Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority building. It was not part of the list of dilapidated buildings which the authorities had curated for the monsoon season.
Priyanka Gandhi extends condolences to victims' families
"I pray for the well-being of the people trapped inside the collapsed four-storey building. My condolences are with the families. Congress workers are requested to help in the rescue operation. This is the third incident which has recently happened. Why was the action not taken on time?" Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress general secretary tweeted.
Housing minister calls building illegal
"The situation is very grave. Our efforts are concentrated towards saving maximum lives. This was an illegal building. We are looking into all aspects of the illegality, and who is to be held responsible. The nearby buildings have been vacated," said Maharashtra Housing Minister Radha Krishna Vikhepatil.
CM Fadnavis confirms compensation for victims' families
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that compensation for the victims' families will be announced after the cause of the collapse is ascertained.
VIDEO | Woman rescued from debris
#WATCH Mumbai: A woman being rescued by NDRF personnel from the debris of the building that collapsed in Dongri, today. 2 people have died & 7 people have been injured in the incident. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/tmzV3Dmm7C— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019
Three NDRF teams on site conducting search and rescue operations
"Three teams of NDRF are engaged in rescue operations. Pathway to the collapsed building is very narrow and the vehicles with rescue equipment are unable to reach there," SN Pradhan, DG, NDRF told the media.
The narrow lanes leading to the collapsed building are making the search and rescue operations difficult along with the throngs of people in the area.
The building construction was illegal: MHADA official
An MHADA official confirmed that the construction fo the building was illegal and that it was built near a cess building. The Kesarbhai building had 11 rooms and a madrasa on the ground floor.
Mumbai police asks people to stay away from the area around the collapse
In an unfortunate incident, a G+4 Building collapsed in Dongri. Humble request to citizens to stay away from the incident spot to facilitate effective rescue operations by authorities. A green corridor has been provided for all emergency services and rescue operations.— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) July 16, 2019
Building was constructed by a private trust but the BMC was the planning authority
"The collapsed building was constructed by a private trust. The BMC is the planning authority and it will inquire whether the building was authorised or unauthorised. Accordingly, the police action will be decided in the incident," Ravindra Waikar, minister of state for housing told TOI.
Seven people in total have been resuced
The seven have been shifted to JJ Hospital and Habib Hospital for treatment.
[VIDEO] Rescue operations underway at Dongri
2 dead in Mumbai Dongri building collapse. 5 injured shifted to JJ Hospital. Still many trapped inside.— snehanshu shekhar (@snehanshus) July 16, 2019
As per CM, 100 years old building collapsed, renovation permission was also given to that building, but there is delay on the part of builder.#MumbaiBuildingCollapse pic.twitter.com/QtyMMFL4xk
Child rescued from the debris; taken to hospital for further treatment
According to news agency, ANI, a child has been admitted to a local hospital after he was rescued from the debris. His condition is now stable. Five people till now have been resuced and shifted to JJ Hospital and Habib Hospital for treatment.
BMC had issued eviction notice to building's residents 2 years back
In a recently surfaced document dated August 7, 2017, theBrihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had classified the building as a C1 building and had ordered for its demolition at the earliest possible.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a letter dated 7 August 2017 on Kesarbhai building that collapsed in Dongri, today: Building is classified as 'C1', to be evacuated for demolition at the earliest...In event of any mishap this office won't be responsible. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/h2XEaV4LxF— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019