A three-story building on the outskirts of Mumbai collapsed in the early hours of the morning while residents slept inside, killing at least eight people, according to local reports.
Another 20 to 25 people are reportedly trapped in the Bivandi building, Satya Pradhan, head of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), tweeted. on Monday.
More than 40 emergency workers arrived on the scene, an AFP official said, including a team of 30 NDRF rescuers.
The incident in the town of Bivandi, about 40 km (25 miles) from Mumbai, happened around 3:40 a.m. Local time (10:10 p.m. GMT on Sunday), local authorities said.
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The television showed a pile of rubble with rescuers climbing the stairs to reach someone who was still inside and placing dogs to search for survivors.
Video: The building collapsed in early Monday, police said, adding that search and rescue operations were underway # BhiwandiBuildingCollapse pic.twitter.com/QO7qfZ4jai
– TOI Mumbai (@TOIMumbai) September 21, 2020
Reuters’ partner in India, ANI, quoted a spokesman for the Bivandi municipal corporation as saying eight people were dead.
The building was on the list of dangerous buildings and a notice of its release was issued, the Times of India reported, citing Pankaj Ashia, a commissioner at the Bhiwandi-Nizampura City municipal corporation.
At least 13 people were killed last month after the collapse of a five-story building in Mahad, an industrial city about 165km (100 miles) south of Mumbai.
In 2017, data from the National Crime Bureau showed that more than 1,200 people were killed in the collapse of buildings across the country.
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