10 killed, 19 rescued as building collapses in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi
At least 10 people were killed and several injured after a decades-old three-storey residential building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi early on Monday even as 19 people were rescued from the rubble.
A four-year-old boy was pulled alive by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which is carrying out rescue efforts. Officials of NDRF said 29 people were pulled out from the debris and that 10 among them were dead and 19 alive.
The building collapsed in the Patel Compound area of the city. The injured have been rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolence to the families of the victims of Bhiwandi building collapse and assured that all necessary help was being given to the affected.
“Saddened by the building collapse in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected,” PM Modi tweeted.
The President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed grief over incident.
“The loss of lives in the building collapse at Bhiwandi, Maharashtra is quite distressing. In this hour of grief, my thoughts and prayers are with the accident victims. I wish speedy recovery of the injured. Local authorities are coordinating rescue and relief efforts,” said the President on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Director-General (DG), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said that one more individual, a 19-year-old youth, has been rescued alive from the site of the collapse and that the operations will continue as it is likely that more people are still trapped in the debris.
The 43-year-old Jhilani Building collapsed at around 3:40am on Monday. It had 40 flats and housed around 150 people.
The teams were using a canine squad to search persons trapped in the debris, PTI reported NDRF director general SN Pradhan as saying.
A team of fire brigade and police are also working at the spot.
As a precautionary measure, power supply to the area has been snapped, PTI reported quoting an official.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed his anguish and offered condolences to families bereaved in Monday’s building collapse incident in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi.
“Anguished to learn about the tragic collapse of a building in Bhiwandi, Thane (Maharashtra). @NDRFHQ is already on the ground and is assisting with the rescue operations. My deepest condolences are with the bereaved families, praying for the speedy recovery of those injured,” Amit Shah said in a tweet today.