Build­ing col­lapse kills six in In­dia’s Mum­bai

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Mum­bai, In­dia - At least six peo­ple were crushed to death when a four-storey build­ing col­lapsed in In­dia’s fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal of Mum­bai on Tues­day.

Res­cuers pulled a dozen oth­ers out of the rub­ble alive, some se­ri­ously in­jured, af­ter the struc­ture gave way mid-morn­ing in the north­ern sub­urb of Ghatkopar, of­fi­cials said.

“The death toll is now six. We think around 15 may still be trapped and res­cue op­er­a­tions are on­go­ing,” Tanaji Kamble, a dis­as­ter man­age­ment spokesman for Mum­bai's civic ad­min­is­tra­tive body, told AFP.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent on Tues­day, a build­ing par­tially col­lapsed in Kolkata in In­dia’s east af­ter days of mon­soonal rain. Sev­eral peo­ple were trapped in the rub­ble, but there were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of ca­su­al­ties.

“Fire­fight­ers are try­ing to res­cue the peo­ple trapped un­der the de­bris,” said G P Ghosh, di­rec­tor of fire ser­vices in West Ben­gal state.

Mum­bai is par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble with mil­lions forced to live in cramped, ram­shackle prop­er­ties be­cause of ris­ing real es­tate prices and a lack of hous­ing for the poor.

The city has been hit by sev­eral deadly build­ing col­lapses in re­cent years, of­ten caused by shoddy con­struc­tion, poor qual­ity ma­te­ri­als or age­ing build­ings.

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