Sixteen people have been killed and several others have been injured after a five-storey residential building collapsed in Bhendi Bazaar in South Mumbai on Thursday morning.
Several people are still believed to be trapped under the debris. Rescue operations are on. The injured have been admitted to JJ Hospital.
“The exact number of trapped people cannot be known immediately,” DCP, Zone 1, Manoj Sharma said.
A 45-member team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is carrying out the rescue operation with the help of fire brigade personnel.
The building, located at Pakmodia street near the JJ Hospital, crumbled at around 8:30 am.
According to fire brigade sources present at the spot, there were around nine families living in the building.
The disaster management cell of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) received a call about the collapse at 8.40 am.
“We immediately rushed fire brigade personnel to the site to rescue the trapped people,” a senior MCGM official said.
The incident occurs as Mumbai continues to reel under the heavy downpour it received two days ago, which may have caused damage to the building.
(With inputs from PTI)