- Locals informed the fire brigade personnel that around 20-22 people were trapped under the debris
- Around a dozen fire engines were deployed at the spot
- Two rescue vans and other fire brigade equipment were also deployed for rescue operations
Kurla building collapse: At least nineteen bodies were recovered on Tuesday evening after a four-storey building collapsed in Mumbai late on Monday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakhs each to the families of those who died in the incident.
The incident was reported by Kurla’s Naik Nagar Society. The injured had been shifted to civic hospitals in Ghatkopar and Sion. Locals informed the fire brigade personnel that around 20-22 people were trapped under the debris when they reached the spot after receiving a call about the incident, the official said. Around a dozen fire engines were deployed at the spot besides two rescue vans and other fire brigade equipment, the official said.
A video of the rescue operations showed a person was being taken for treatment.
Mangesh Kudalkar announces ex-gratia
Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Mangesh Kudalkar took to Twitter to express his condolences. He also announced that rebel minister, Eknath Shinde, will provide Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of those who lost their lives in the accident, while Rs 1 lakh was announced for those who had been injured.
"Tragic incident A four-storey building collapsed at Naik Nagar, Kurla (east). Firefighters, Municipal Corporation, Police are conducting rescue operations. 1 lakh to families and 5 lakh to deceased persons will be provided by Minister Eknath Shinde, MLA Mangesh Kudalkar," Kudalkar tweeted in Marathi.
Kurla building collapse: Aaditya Thackeray visits site
Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday visited the site of the building collapse in Mumbai's Kurla, where he assured that those buried under the building will be safely retrieved.
"We hope those buried under the debris can be safely retrieved. BMC will carry out an investigation into the incident. BMC has recently served notices to 300 dilapidated/dangerous buildings," said Aaditya Thackeray at the site of the building collapse.
Earlier on Monday night, he had said such property should be vacated on the notice of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). "Whenever BMC issues notices, (buildings) should be vacated themselves... otherwise, such incidents happen, which is unfortunate... It's now important to take action on this," Thackeray said.
He added, "Around five to seven people were rescued. All 4 buildings were issued notices, but people continue to live there. Our priority is to rescue everyone... In the morning we'll look into evacuation and demolition of these buildings so that nearby people aren't troubled."
(With inputs from ANI)