1 dead, 16 hurt in Mulund wall collapse
12- ft tall structure at Shankar Tekdi crashed around midnight damaging several shanties leading to loss of property
A British era duct line wall collapsed at Shankar Tekdi, Mulund colony on Saturday due to continuous rains from last few days killing one and injuring 16 others. Around midnight, the residents of Mulund colony woke up after hearing loud thud. “There was a thunderstorm and later, we heard a clack as if something collapsed,” says Maruti Kadam, NCP ( Nationalist Congress Party) leader from ward number 98.
Prashant Santosh Jadhav ( 17), a resident of one of the shanties died on the spot while 15 others were caught under the debris when the colonial era wall collapsed on four shanties which were adjacent to it.
The wall was approximately 20 feet long and 12 feet tall. “Before the fire brigade could reach the spot, the local residents removed some of the injured from the debris,” says Kadam.
The injured were taken to the BMC’s ( Brihanmumbai municipal corporation) M T Agarwal hospital in Mulund west. While four are still admitted and undergoing treatment, others have been discharged.
Since it is a hilly area, BMC gave regular notices to residents to vacate the area but nobody paid any heed to it.
“After police formalities are done we will demand compensation for the victims of the incident,” says Kadam.
A case of accidental death has been registered at the Mulund police station as one person died in this incident.