Mumbai building collapse toll rises to four – police


An excavator clears debris as local residents look for trapped people after a residential building collapsed in central Mumbai on Monday. AFP PHOTO

MUMBAI: The death toll from an apartment block collapse in central Mumbai has risen to four, police said on Tuesday, with rescuers still searching for people who may be trapped under the rubble.

A section of the five-story ‘Altaf Manzil’ building collapsed on Monday evening, before another part of the partially standing structure also caved in.

“At least four are dead and six others injured in the collapse,” said a police inspector in Mahim neighborhood, where the collapse happened.

The inspector was unsure how many people could be trapped in the remains of the building, which is now a high mound of rubble. Rescue operations continued through the night but were hampered by heavy rain.

The New Delhi Television news channel cited neighbors as saying that at least eight people could still be buried at the site, which is located near a famous Muslim shrine.

Heavy rains have lashed the city since the onset of the monsoon season on Sunday, which continues until September. The downpours have already caused flooding, train delays and traffic snarls across the city.


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