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Building collapses in Mumbai; 11 dead

About 19,000 high-rise buildings in Mumbai have been declared unsafe.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 21:56 IST
Agencies

At least 11 people were killed and 24 others injured when an over 100-year-old building collapsed here early today, prompting the Maharashtra government to order an inquiry into the mishap.

"Thirty-five people were removed from the debris of the four-storeyed 'Sadaf' building in Nagpada area that collapsed at around 1.15 am," fire brigade sources said.

"All of them were shifted to nearby JJ Hospital where 11 were declared dead on arrival," hospital sources said.

Of the 24 injured, seven have been discharged, they said.

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who visited the site, announced that the chief engineer of PWD would probe the collapse.

"I have also asked the MHADA (Maharshtra Housing and Area Development Authority) vice-chairman to submit an interim report on the incident by this evening so that action can be taken against engineers and others responsible for the tragedy," Deshmukh said.

Each floor of the building had four flats, fire brigade sources said.

A senior fire brigade official said the exact figure of casualties would be known only after the rubble is cleared.

The Chief Minister, who also visited the JJ Hospital, said the state government would give compensation for the kin of those who died and pay for the medical treatment of the injured.

First Published: Aug 23, 2005 09:46 IST