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5 die, 5 feared trapped in Mumbai building collapse

AP  New Delhi, June 11, 2013
First Published: 09:46 IST(11/6/2013) | Last Updated: 13:11 IST(11/6/2013)

Authorities say a portion of four-story building in Mumbai has collapsed in heavy monsoon rains, killing at least five people.


National Disaster Management Authority official Vijayendra Dahiya says rescuers were using sensors and life detectors Tuesday to find five people still feared trapped in the debris of the building in the Sion area of Mumbai. Another six people were injured when the building caved in Monday night.

Building collapses are common in India as builders try to cut corners by using substandard materials, and as multi-storied structures are built with inadequate supervision.

In April, 74 people were killed when an eight-story building being constructed illegally in the Mumbai suburb of Thane caved in. It was the worst building collapse in the country in decades.

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