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6 killed in Mumbra chawl collapse

Six people died and four were injured after part of a Mumbra chawl, situated at the foot of a hill, collapsed following a landslide on Thursday evening.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2010 01:48 IST
Susamma Kurian

Six people died and four were injured after part of a Mumbra chawl, situated at the foot of a hill, collapsed following a landslide on Thursday evening. On Tuesday, a portion of the Sonibai Bhawan in Kalwa had collapsed, leaving 10 dead.

Civic officials said heavy rain could have triggered a mudslide that resulted in the collapse at Aksa chawl in Sainiknagar around 4.15 pm on Thursday.

“The mudslide made the retaining wall and the structure above it collapse. There was a passage next to the wall and people standing there came under the debris. The structure of the chawl — built 10 years ago and housing 10 — had become weak as rainwater from a nearby hill had seeped into its foundation,” said deputy municipal commissioner (anti-encroachment) B.G. Pawar.