Three women died and 20 people were injured when a slab connecting two tenements collapsed at Surat, Gujarat, in the early hours of Monday.
The deceased have been identified as Rizwanabanu Saiyed, Jamilabi and Samima Sheikh. The injured – some of them children – were rushed to a government hospital for treatment.
According to fire brigade officials, the incident occurred at Umarwada Colony past midnight. Around 30 people, who had gathered there to mark a religious event, were having dinner under a slab connecting two tenements when it came crashing down.
The Umarwada Colony has been identified for redevelopment by the Surat Municipal Corporation.