2 killed, dozens trapped after a building collapsed in Mumbai’s Dongri area

Two people were reportedly killed after a four story old building collapsed in Mumbai’s crowded Dongri area. More than 40 people are still feared trapped.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have reached the accident site and were looking for survivors under the rubble. The area has plenty of dilapidated buildings on narrow lanes which were flooded due to heavy rain during the past few weeks.

Ambulances and fire trucks are unable to enter the narrow lanes, therefore they have been stationed some distance away. Crowds thronged about the narrow lanes formed a human chain to pass down with their bare hands small debris like wooden blocks and bricks towards the outer area of the neighbourhood.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that about 15 families were trapped in the Dongri building. Adding that an investigation probing how and why the building collapsed will be carried out.

The building was owned by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).

Source : Various