Mumbai Building collapse, Dongri, 40 feared trapped

At least 12 people killed after a four-storey building collapsed in Mumbai’s Dongri area on Tuesday, Maharashtra Housing Minister, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said. 

Many fire tenders have rushed to the building collapse site. Responding to the accident, BMC Disaster Management Cell said, “Kesarbai building has collapsed at Tandel street, in Dongri, Mumbai. More than 40 people are feared trapped.” 

According to the preliminary reports, the building collapsed at around 11.40 am. The people who were rescued and have been rushed to JJ Hospital with serious injuries.

According to the letter by BMC that was dated 7 August 2017, the Kesarbhai building was classified as ‘C1’- meaning the building is very dangerous and needs to be vacated immediately. 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reacted on the incident and said that the ‘building was around 100 yrs old’. 

“As the initial information I have received, around 15 families are feared trapped in the collapse. The building is around 100 yrs old. The entire focus is on rescuing the people trapped. The investigation will be done,” CM Fadnavis said. 

The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority is acertaining whether the building was one of their constructions. The building was part of a cluster of houses located near the Abdul Hamid Dargah on the Mohammed Ali Road in Dongri.

To speed up search and rescue operations, three teams of  National Disaster Rescue  Force (NDRF) have been deployed at the collapse site.

As the lanes are too narrow for heavy machines to reach the spot, rescue teams and the locals have formed a human chain, using bare hands to remove debris. 

In a tweet, Mumbai police requested the citizens to stay away from the incident spot to facilitate effective rescue operations by the concerned authorities. The tweet further read, “A green corridor has been provided for all emergency services and rescue operations.”

According to the authorities, this was ‘level 2’ of the incident – while level 1 is the most serious under the system that measures the severity of a building collapse.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the Dongri’s building collapse. “Collapse of a building in Mumbai’s Dongri is anguishing. My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. I hope the injured recover soon. Maharashtra Government, NDRF and local authorities are working on rescue operations & assisting those in need,” he said.


Congress leader Milind Deora in a tweet urged Congress workers to contribute in rescue operations.

On July 2, a wall collapsed in Pimpripada area of Malad east in the maximum city due to incessant rains, leaving 24 people dead.

Last week, a three-storey building collapsed in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district amidst heavy rains in the region. At least 14 people including army personnel died in the collapse.


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