Eleven people, including eight children, died on Wednesday night when a double-story building collapsed on another structure at a slum in Mumbai’s Malad. At least seven others received injuries in the incident. Rescue operations are underway but it is still feared that many are trapped under the debris, officials said.
The incident took place around 11 pm at the New Collector Compound on Abdul Hamid Road in the Malwani area.
Locals also joined the evacuation team and helped in the rescue operations and transported the injured ones to a hospital in suburban Kandivali. However, a doctor from the hospital told NDTV that a total of 18 people were brought to the hospital out of which 11 were dead.
Mumbai civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is also evacuating people from another three-story structure nearby which is in a dilapidated condition, they said. According to the BMC disaster management cell, the incident was reported around 11.10 pm on Wednesday.
The house belonged to Mohammad Rafiq, who lost nine members of his family. He had gone to fetch milk last night when the tragic incident happened. Only one of his sons survived apart from him.
Rubina Shaikh, a widow, also lost her home in the collapse and now she has nowhere to go to live with her children.
Maharashtra minister Aslam Shaikh, who visited the site following the incident, said the house collapsed due to heavy rain in the city.
However, the BJP spokesperson Ram Kadam accused Shiv Sena and the BMC of negligence and termed the death of people in the incident as murder.
The local police and fire brigade officials are at the spot, carrying out rescue operations.