Mumbai building collapse | 2 pigeons rescued alive from debris in Kurla
- This is the third major building collapse incident in the metropolis this month. On June 23, a slab of a two-storey industrial structure collapsed in Chembur area, killing a man and injuring 10 others.
Two pigeons were rescued alive from the debris after a four-storey building in Mumbai's Kurla collapsed late Monday night, leaving 18 people dead and many others badly injured. The pigeons were saved by members of the disaster response squad. Photos shared by news agency ANI showed NDRF officials holding one of the rescued pigeons as they give it some water.
One section of the building - in the Naik Nagar society - collapsed while another has been evacuated because it too is in dilapidated condition, said officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Reports indicate over 23 people have been rescued from the debris since midnight Monday. Around a dozen fire engines and two NDRF teams have been deployed in the rescue operations. Police are also involved in the search and rescue operation.
Residents of the building had been repeatedly warned about its condition but they insisted on staying there, a senior official told news agency PTI.
The residents had even given an undertaking that they would continue to live there at their own risk and cost, Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Bhide was quoted as saying.
Minister Aaditya Thackeray visited the site and said the property should be vacated after BMC’s notice. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray announced compensation of ₹5 lakh each to the families of those killed.
This is the third major building collapse incident in the metropolis this month. On June 23, a slab of a two-storey industrial structure collapsed in Chembur area, killing a man and injuring 10 others. On June 9, a three-storey residential building collapsed in suburban Bandra, where a 55-year-old man was killed and 18 others suffered injuries.
Amid the 'Bommai ouster' rumours in Karnataka, BJP General Secretary and state in-charge Arun Singh on Saturday stated that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai "is here to stay" and will lead the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming Assembly election. Following this, the position of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, has been labelled as a "weak chief minister". This election will be fought under the leadership of Basavaraj Bommai assures Arun Singh.
Nationalist Congress Party leaders Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik and Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who have been arrested in money laundering cases by the Enforcement Directorate, are now lodged in Arthur Road Jail in three different barracks. Malik, who was arrested in February in a money laundering case, is currently admitted to the Criti Care Hospital in Kurla for treatment. He is admitted to a private hospital for the last two months.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday terminated four employees from service, including the son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and wife of former militant Bitta Karate - amid probe over terror links, officials said on Saturday. Dr Muheet Ahmad Bhat, and Majid Hussain Qadiri - both of them linked to the University of Kashmir - are the two others employees who have been sacked.
Suspected militants targeted paramilitary CRPF with a grenade in Srinagar on Saturday, just a day ahead of Independence Day. A CRPF personnel was injured in the attack in the Old City, Eidgah. Srinagar police said that the CRPF personnel received minor injuries in the attack. Local reports said that the grenade was lobbed towards a CRPF bunker in Eidgah in which a sub-inspector of the CRPF was wounded.
Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said that within a year government will push the last nail in the coffin of terrorism. Sinha today laid the foundation stone of 25 District Development Council and Block Development Council buildings in J&K, besides inaugurating 1000 Amrit Sarovars across J&K UT, in a function at SKICC, Srinagar.