Building collapse near Mumbai kills 11

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NOT AGAIN  Workers use an excavator to clear debris at the site of a residential building collapse in Thane on August 4. A dilapidated building collapsed outside Mumbai killing at least 11 people, the second such accident around the Indian financial capital in a week, a rescue official said. AFP PHOTO

NOT AGAIN
Workers use an excavator to clear debris at the site of a residential building collapse in Thane on August 4. A dilapidated building collapsed outside Mumbai killing at least 11 people, the second such accident around the Indian financial capital in a week, a rescue official said. AFP PHOTO

MUMBAI: A dilapidated building collapsed outside Mumbai on Tuesday killing at least 11 people, the second such accident around the Indian financial capital in a week, a rescue official said.

Rescuers were searching through the rubble for any survivors after the three-story structure crumbled overnight while families were sleeping inside, the official said.

“Eleven bodies have been recovered and seven people pulled out alive. Another one person is missing,” National Disaster Response Force official Alok Avasthy told AFP.

The building, which crumbled around 2 a.m. (2030 GMT Monday), was situated in the Naupada area of Thane city near Mumbai.


“It was a 50-year-old structure that was in a dilapidated state and had been declared unsafe by the government two years back but people still lived there,” Avasthy said.

“We pulled a family of five to safety with the help of a sniffer dog who tells us that there is still some life in there,” he said.

The accident is the latest in a long line of deadly building collapses recently, some of which have highlighted poor construction standards.

It comes just a week after nine people were killed when another old three-story building collapsed under heavy monsoon rains in the Mumbai suburb of Thakurli.

AFP

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