Four people died after a five-storey structure collapsed at Behrampada in Bandra east of Mumbai at around 1 pm on Thursday. Also, the fire brigade department was successful in rescuing five people who were trapped inside including two children.
Out of the five rescued four have suffered some injuries and were taken to hospital. The deceased have been identified as Aysha Akbar Khan, 13, Alinisar Ahmad Khan, 3, Osama Nisar Khan, 14, and 1-year-old Afifa Sadab.
Officials said four families were staying in the building and they fear some more could be trapped inside. Search and rescue was underway in full swing.
Fire brigade officials said they have sent five fire engines, one rescue van and one ambulance to the spot and search operations are on. The entire area, which has a lot of slums around, was cordoned off by the police so that the search and rescue operation is not hampered.
Officials said the narrow lanes were hampering their search and rescue efforts. “My six grandchildren and their mother is trapped inside the debris. They were residing on the first floor. I have no information about them yet,” said the Abdul Rab, a resident of the building.
The fire department got a call around 1.21 pm and senior officials rushed to the spot to supervise operations. Officials said the entire structure was made of brick and mortar and the collapse occurred because of the weak basement.