Eight people were crushed to death in sleep when a wall collapsed in Mumbai's Thane area early on Wednesday, police said.
The incident took place around 4.30 am when the boundary wall of Dosti Constructions in Vartak Nagar suburb of Dyaneshwar Nagar area here suddenly collapsed on the hutments adjacent to the wall, trapping the people who were fast asleep.
Relief operations were underway by the police and fire brigade officials to rescue the people trapped in the debris.
As per preliminary information, the wall is believed to have collapsed owing to heavy rains lashing Mumbai in the past two days.
So far, there have been 40 rain-related deaths across the state in the past one week.