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Mumbai: 11 dead as building collapses, rescue operations on

Heavy downpour disrupted life in Mumbai and caused several incidents of landslide, wall and bridge collapse in Thane today

Eleven people died and seven suffered injuries as a residential building collapsed on another structure in Malad West area of Mumbai at around 11 PM on 9 June. 

Search and rescue operations are still going on in New Collector compound, Malad West, ANI reported.

The search and rescue operation by the fire brigade is still going on, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) informed

As per the BMC, the collapse engulfed a nearby residential structure. It also affected another residential structure in the area that is now in a “dangerous condition”, the municipal corporation said. Residents from affected structures are being evacuated.

Search and rescue operation for trapped people is underway. The injured persons have been shifted to BDBA hospital.

“It’s an unfortunate incident. It was a G+2 building that fell on another building. 18 people have been rescued, of whom 11 died. Police will carry out a proper investigation and take further action: Dilip Sawant, Additional CP, was quoted as saying by the news agency.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Minister Aslam Shaikh blamed the incessant rains for the building collapses. “Buildings have collapsed due to rain. Rescue operation is underway. Injured people have been shifted to the hospital. Debris of the buildings being removed to see if more people are stuck under it,” he said. 

Siddiqui, a local present at the spot, said that the incident took place around 10 PM.

“The incident took place around 11 PM. I came out after two persons asked us to leave the building. As I was rushing out, I saw three buildings including a dairy had demolished near our building,” he said.

With the onset of monsoon on 9 June in Maharashtra, heavy downpour disrupted life in Mumbai and caused several incidents of landslide, wall and bridge collapse in Thane city and neighbouring Palghar districts. The deluge lashed Mumbai and brought the city to a standstill. It disrupted local train services, led to water-logging in various parts of the city, pushing the traffic police to shut four subways. 

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