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33 dead in Bhendi Bazaar building collapse, including 5 childrenRescue operations called off after 28 hours

The 117-year-old Hussaini building collapsed on Thursday morning at the congested locality, and rescue operations are still on at the site

mumbai Updated: Sep 02, 2017 08:33 IST
Sanjana Bhalerao
Sanjana Bhalerao
Hindustan Times
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Sniffer dogs were brought in to aid rescue operations on Thursday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)

A day after Husaini building in Bhendi Bazaar collapsed, the toll rose to 33 on Friday from 24 on Thursday night. Among the dead: A 20-day-old infant. The collapse also claimed the life of five children.

The 13 residents and the 7 firemen injured in the mishap were treated at Saifee and JJ hospital. By Thursday night, more than 35 people had been pulled out of the rubble. Rescue operations were called off at 12:30pm on Friday after all the tenants of the 117-year-old building were accounted for.

After the collapse, four adjacent buildings were also evacuated as a safety measure. Authorities are also demolishing a ground-plus three-storey building, which shared a wall with the Husaini building. “The adjacent building was empty, but some labourers were living in it. We are demolishing it because it is also in a precarious condition,” said an official on the site.

Six years after it was declared unsafe and a year after a demolition notice was served to its residents, the building collapsed on Thursday at 8:30am.

More than 200 firemen and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel continued rescue operations throughout the night. More than 50 dumpers filled with debris were transported from the site.

The building had 10 houses. Four on the first floor and one each on the floors above. It also housed commercial units such as godowns, a catering business and a fast-food joint on the ground floor of the structure. Five families were residing in the building at the time of collapse. Authorities pulled out a total of 46 people from the rubble, many of them hawkers and labourers, who took shelter at night on the ground floor of the building.

The structure was flagged by the Maharashtra Housing Development Authority (Mhada) as dilapidated first on March 28, 2011 and the 13 tenants plus a commercial structure were served an eviction notice. A reminder was sent again to the tenants on May 20, 2011, following which seven families vacated their houses, while five families and commercial structures remained. The redevelopment project was undertaken by the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT).

First Published: Sep 01, 2017 09:30 IST