The toll in Thursday’s Pydhonie building collapse rose to five on Friday with Marookh Khan, 25, succumbing to his injuries at JJ Hospital, Byculla.
Khan, who worked in a shop on the ground floor of the building, was on ventilator support in the Critical Care Unit of JJ Hospital when he died.
Khan’s relatives alleged his death was caused because hospital authorities delayed surgery. Denying the allegation, hospital dean, Dr TP Lahane, said Khan was in a critical state and his relatives had been informed about his condition.
Meanwhile, the remaining portion of Rahim Manzil, that is still standing, is posing a threat to adjoining buildings. Officials from the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (Mhada) said the structure had started tilting towards the adjoining ‘Mariam’ building.
“This could pose a threat to the other buildings. We will be demolishing the top three floors that are very dangerous,” said Narendra Faye, deputy engineer, Mhada.
Faye, however, said the exercise could be a dangerous one.
“We will have to take necessary precautions and go slowly or else the demolition can be unsafe not just for our labourers but even the adjoining buildings. We are hoping to complete the demolition within the next two days.”
After the collapse officials had to evacuate the two buildings next to Rahim Manzil, leaving many with no place to go.
“My family of eight is on road right now. Children have their exams going on but how do they go to school without uniforms, books and other things. Officials ask us for documents to shift to transit camps, but how do we produce them?” said Ayub Umar, resident of the adjoining Mariam building whose 15 families have been asked to move out.
Many have also expressed dissatisfaction at the housing body’s offer to shift them to transit camps in far-flung places.
Umar said, “Officials have offered us a place in the transit camp at Dharavi. My child has to reach school by 7 am. How do I bring him from Dharavi so early.”