14 killed, 44 injured after building collapses in Thane

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Apr 05, 2013 02:22 IST
  • Child survivor

    Rescue workers carry a child who survived the building collapse in Thane. (Reuters)

  • Trapped people

    Rescue workers look for trapped people within the debris of the collapsed building in Thane that has claimed 30 lives till now. (AP)

  • Crowd

    People crowd around the collapsed building as rescuers carry out search operation. The injured have been shifted to various hospitals in the city. HT/Praful Gangurde

  • Rescue operation

    Rescuers look for survivors in the debris of the collapsed building. Municipal commissioner RA Rajeev and district collector P Velarasu were supervising the relief operations. ...

  • Woman survives

    Rescuers carry a survivor from what was left of a Thane building that collapsed at 6:30 pm on Thursday. They expect to find more injured ...

  • Rescuers

    People help fire brigade personnel in the rescue operation. Officials said at least 80 people were present in the building at the time of the ...

  • Fire brigade

    Fire brigade personnel search for survivors with the help of locals. Officials said several persons could still be trapped under the debris. PTI

  • Debris

    Rescuers look for survivors in the debris of the building. The seven-storey building in Shil Dhaigar locality was unauthorised, civic officials said, adding that it ...

  • Injured

    Rescuers carry an injured man to a hospital. The sixth and seventh floors were vacant and eighth floor of the building was under construction, officials ...

  • Injured Survivor

    Heart rendering pictures emerge from the scene of the building collapse in Thane, as such survivors are rushed to the hospital. (PTI)

Fourteen people died and at least 44 were injured when a seven-storeyed under-construction building collapsed near Shil Phata in Thane on Thursday evening.

Around 40 residents were feared trapped under the debris, even as rescue efforts continued late into the night. Officials said the toll is likely to go up.

Preliminary reports indicate the building, being built by Naseef Qureshi and Zameen Qureshi from Mumbra, was unauthorised and inferior quality materials were being used for its construction.

Residents from the area have alleged the builder had accommodated labourers in the building to show that it was occupied and is not razed by authorities. The builders are absconding, the police said.

According to officials involved in rescue work, 28 families were residing in the building, and around eight to 10 labourers were working on the eight floor when the incident occurred at around 5pm.

Santosh Kadam, head of disaster management cell of Thane Municipal Corporation, said: “Seven floors were built in merely three to four months. It was bound to collapse due to the inferior construction material used by the builders.”


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