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With 2 days of heavy rain, evacuated buildings collapse in Thane

The buildings in Maharashtra Nagar in Manpada belonged to Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) and were evacuated for redevelopment few months ago.

mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2017 15:03 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
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The buildings in Maharashtra Nagar in Manpada belonged to Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) and were evacuated for redevelopment few months ago. (Praful Gangurde)

Two days of heavy rain brought down two evacuated buildings in Thane on Wednesday afternoon.

The buildings in Maharashtra Nagar in Manpada belonged to Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) and were evacuated for redevelopment few months ago.

No one was injured in the accident.

Heavy rain lashed the city throughout the night on Tuesday.

The city witnessed 80.50 mm of rainfall till Wednesday morning. However it took a breather since morning.

The downpour began again after 11.30am during which the two buildings collapsed.

Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of TMC, said, “The buildings which collapsed were in dangerous condition and were to be redeveloped by MHADA authorities. The work of removing the debris is in process.”

After the collapse, the TMC started vacating people living in buildings in the vicinity. “There are a total of 18 MHADA buildings in this area. The buildings are more than 30 years old. MHADA has given the buildings for redevelopment to a private developer . Only a few people refused to go.”

The officer said 20 people lived in the 18 buildings. They were immediately evacuated after the collapse.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 14:40 IST