According to local reports, a three-storey building on the outskirts of Mumbai fell asleep in the early hours of the morning, killing at least 10 people.
In Bhiwandi, another 20 to 25 people are reported to be trapped in the building. About 40 km (25 miles) from Mumbai – The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said on Monday that rescuers were working to find and release them.
More than 40 emergency personnel, including a team of 30 NDRF rescuers, were at the scene, an official told AFP. At least two people have been rescued, the NDRF tweeted.
The accident took place in Bhiwandi city at 40:40 am local time (Sunday 22:10 GMT), local officials said.
Images shared on the NDRF’s official Twitter page showed emergency workers combing through concrete and brick debris with electrical wires hanging over its head.
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Rescuers on television were showing trash cans on the stairs, which are still inside and could set up dogs to search for survivors.
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter. “Pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected,” he wrote.
The building was on the list of dangerous buildings and a notice was issued to vacate it, Times India F India quoted Bhiwandi-Nizampura City Municipal Corporation Commissioner Pankaj Asia as saying.
Last month, at least 13 people were killed when a five-storey building collapsed in the industrial city of Mahad, about 155 kilometers (100 miles) south of Mumbai.
In 2017, data from the National Crime Records Bureau showed that more than 1,200 people were killed in building collapses across the country.
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