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Mumbai building collapse live updates: Death toll rises to 13, Rescuers Work Overnight To Look For Survivors

Mumbai building collapse live updates: Death toll rises to 13, Rescuers Work Overnight To Look For Survivors: Two people were killed and over 40 people were feared to be trapped after a 100-year-old four-storey building collapsed in south Mumbai’s crowded Dongri neighbourhood around 11:40 am on Tuesday. Five have been rescued so far. One of the two who have been killed has been identified as 45-year-old Abdul Sattar Kalu Shaik. A woman is also among the two killed. The three who have been injured include a child.

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  1. The four-storey building collapsed in south Mumbai’s crowded Dongri area
  2. The Dongri area was also flooded in heavy rain in the past weeks
  3. Teams of the NDRF are at the site in Mumbai for rescue operations

Three large teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are at the site and the rescue operation is ongoing for the survivors. Ten ambulances and fire trucks have arrived and are parked some distance away from the building as the lanes are too narrow for them to enter. The area, full of dilapidated buildings on narrow lanes, was also flooded in heavy rain in the past weeks.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said that he is monitoring the situation and added, “As per the infomation I have received, the building was 100 years old. The entire focus is on rescuing the people trapped. An investigation will be done.”

In visuals of the rescue operation, NDRF personnel in their bright orange safety gear are seen trying to remove concrete blocks as they probe the openings amid the debris for signs of life.

As per BMC PRO, it was a Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority building. According to the sources, it was not in the list of dilapidated buildings issued for this monsoon. As per MHADA president Uday Samant, 15 families were living in the building.

The Kesarbai Building is located near Tandel street, behind Abdul Hamid Shah Dargah in Dongri in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Police has requested the people to stay away from the incident spot to facilitate rescue operations by authorities as narrow approach roads, huge crowds of onlookers and thickly populated areas are hampering rescue operations. Chief Public Relation Officers (CPRO), Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that the BMC has opened a shelter at Imamwada Municipal Secondary Girls’ School for victims.

According to RTI activist Shakeel Ahmad Sheikh, in the last five and a half years in Mumbai, 2704 buildings have collapsed leading to deaths of 234 people and 840 injured.

According to the World Economic Forum, building safety is a major issue in Mumbai, one of the world’s most crowded cities next to Dhaka in Bangladesh.