An elderly couple was killed and six others injured when Bhiwandi’s two-storey building, which was declared as “most dangerous” by municipal authorities, collapsed early Sunday morning. Eight injured persons were pulled out from the debris of the collapsed building, located on Khadan Road in Hanuman Tekadi locality. The building’s owner Sajjanlal Mahadev Gupta (60) and his wife Satyawati Sajjan Gupta (55), succumbed to their injuries at a hospital, Resident Deputy Collector Vandana Suryavanshi said.
According to PTI, seven to eight people are feared to be buried under the debris while four have been rescued so far. Fire tenders have reached the spot and rescue work is going on. Locals were also seen trying to help the those trapped under the debris.
The disaster control teams from Thane and Kalyan were rushed to the spot immediately upon receiving an alert, while local firemen were also pressed into action. An NDRF team has reached the powerloom town and is carrying out rescue operations with the help of local agencies, Suryavanshi said. On getting information about the building collapse, Municipal Commissioner E Ravinderan and local tehsildar Vaishali Lambate also rushed to the scene and supervised the rescue operations.
According to a spokesman of the Bhiwandi civic body, the building occupants were earlier served evacuation notices, following which two of the around 5-6 families residing there vacated the place while the others stayed back. The water connection to the building was snapped when the occupants had refused to vacate and the power supply was also going to be cut soon, the spokesman said. On July 31, a two-storey residential building had crashed amid heavy rains claiming eight lives, including that of four children and three women, while 10 others were injured.