The Prime Minister tweeted, "Collapse of a building in Mumbai is saddening". The civic officials feared that as many as 40 people are trapped under the rubble. Two firemen also have been injured during the rescue operations, ' Tanaji Kamble, told AFP.
In a awful incident, a five-storey building collapsed near JJ Junction in Pakmodia street of south Mumbai's Bhendi Bazar this morning. Till now, 15 people have died and at least 50 people are feared trapped in this six story building collapse in Mumbai Bhendi Bazaar. Police suspect that heavy rain in the Mumbai city could have weekend the building which is located in Dongri neighborhood. Some media reports said it also housed a play school but children had not arrived yet when the tragedy occurred.
Building collapses are common in India, especially during the monsoon season from late June to September, when torrential rains pummel the teeming metropolis.
The 80-year-old Sugrabai building in Bhendi Bazaar, which has planned redevelopment, is temporarily getting repaired.
So far, 14 persons have been rescued from the rubble within three hours of the incident and efforts were underway to save more lives, the official added.
The building was 117-years-old and 12 families were residing in it.
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It is not known yet if the building was on the civic body's list of unsafe structures.
"Residents should have [evacuated] the building as it was due for demolition in May 2016".
"The risky building was served evacuation notice in 2011 and the occupants ordered to vacate it to make way for the SBUT redevelopment project, but they failed to heed the warnings", said a BMC official.
The collapse came as officials said the death toll from the floods was expected to rise above 10, despite the waters receding after better weather. Poor construction standards and dilapidation are often to blame.
This particular building was slated for redevelopment but people were clearly still living inside it even though it was about 100 years old.
In July, 17 people were killed when a four-storey building crumbled during renovations. He said that the government will aid the injured people with monetary assistance.