At least 10 people lost their lives and as many as 20 to 25 people are feared trapped after a three-storey building collapsed in Patel Compound area in Bhiwandi near Mumbai early this morning. The incident happened at around 3:40 am while the residents were asleep. The dead children include a two-year-old, a civic official said.
20 people have been rescued by locals. At least 20-25 people are feared to be trapped, ANI reported citing the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed to the spot. NDRF DG S N Pradhan said the teams were using a canine squad to search persons trapped in the debris.
BHIWANDI COLLAPSE :— ѕαtчα prαdhαnसत्य नारायण प्रधान ସତ୍ଯପ୍ରଧାନ-DG NDRF (@satyaprad1) September 21, 2020
🔶Info recd from TMC
🔶G+3 building collapsed 🔶Bhivandi-0400 hrs tdy
🔶20 persons reportedly rescued by locals (TBC)
🔶20-25 feared trapped(TBC)
🔶@NDRFHQ Team of @5Ndrf 🔶rushed to site-0500 hrs.
🔶details follow@HMOIndia @PIBMumbai @ANI @ndmaindia pic.twitter.com/zv1i3UddkI
Personnel of the Thane Disaster Response Force (TDRF) were seen pulling out the boy, Ubed Quraishi, from the debris and feeding him water. e has been rushed to a nearby hospital
#WATCH Maharashtra: A team of NDRF rescued a child from under the debris at the site of building collapse in Bhiwandi, Thane.— ANI (@ANI) September 21, 2020
At least five people have lost their lives in the incident which took place earlier today. pic.twitter.com/6j90p1GloQ
"The number of deaths have risen to eight in Bhiwandi building collapse incident. Five more people have been rescued," Thane Municipal Corporation PRO was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi offers condolences to bereaved families.
"Saddened by the building collapse in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected," PM tweeted.
Saddened by the building collapse in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 21, 2020
Bhiwandi is a powerloom town around 10 km from Thane. The building had 40 flats and around 150 persons lived in it, an official said.
A portion of the building collapsed and many occupants were trapped in the debris of the collapsed building, a Thane Municipal Corporation official said.
The building was not in the list of dilapidated structures of the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation, he said.
An eyewitness said local residents rushed to the spot immediately after the collapse and helped pull out some persons from the debris. The power supply to the locality was snapped as a precautionary measure, the official said, adding the injured have been admitted to local hospitals