A four storey residential building collapsed in the Dongri area of South Bombay, killing 12 people and trapping around 40 to 50 victims under the rubble wreck.
#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
Located in Tandel Street, Dongri, the Kesarbai building collapsed around noon. A team team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed for a search and rescue operation at the spot.
However, the narrow approach roads, huge crowds and thickly populated areas are proving to be hurdles in the search and rescue operation.
S N Pradhan, DG National Disaster Response Force on #MumbaiBuildingCollapse: 3 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, team is carrying equipment on foot. pic.twitter.com/54rhbMRHSD— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019
According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) Disaster Management Cell, twelve people have died and five have been rescued so far from the accident site. Mumbai Police's statement on 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
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
According to CNN, the residents of the adjacent buildings are deemed dangerous, the residents are being evacuated for the same. Maharashtra state Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis commented:
Our main focus at the moment is to rescue the people trapped under the debris. After that we'll focus on investigation.
As the search and rescue operations are in progress, the entire nation is praying for the victims, locals have been advised to stay away from the area to clear path for emergency workers.