A three-storey building collapsed in Bhiwandi, Thane in Maharashtra in the early hours of Monday, killing 10 people. There are still 20-25 people feared trapped in the debris. Local citizens evacuated 19 people. The NDRF team is involved in relief and rescue operations. One child was removed from the debris.
Local people are also engaged in rescue work.
The accident happened at 3.40 pm on Sunday night. At this time most people were sleeping. It is said that due to heavy rains in Mumbai, the building was weakened. There were 21 families living in it. The NDRF team rescued a child from the debris on Monday morning. According to initial information, the building was built in 1984.
Government said – action should be fixed on illegal construction
Home Minister of Home Affairs Jitendra Awaan said that this building was constructed in 1986. It was given notice to vacate. It was not evacuated due to a legal mess. A few days ago I had a meeting about this. I am reiterating that there should be strong action on illegal construction. Such things will not stop until the responsibility is fixed on the police and ward officers of the area.
The building was in poor condition, notice was also given several times.
President Ramnath Kovind expressed grief over the accident. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted – “My condolences to the families of the victims. I wish the injured well soon. Rescue operation in progress. Efforts are being made to provide all possible help to the affected people. ”