Mumbra building collapse leaves 10 dead,14 injured

Six of the deceased are minor; second collapse in two months

Written by Gautam S Mengle | Thane | Published: June 22, 2013 3:39:54 am

Ten people,including a family of eight,died and 14 were injured after a ground-plus three storey building collapsed in Mumbra,Mumbai,Friday morning. Six of the 10 deceased are minors,including two infants.

According to eye witnesses,Smruti building outside Mumbra railway station,collapsed at around 2:15 am on Friday. Residents said it first started rumbling and shaking. Assuming that this was due to an earthquake everybody rushed towards the exit and the building started teetering from one side to another. Even as the people were rushing out,the building imploded,burying 10 people underneath the rubble.

A group of vegetable sellers saw the building collapse and called the police control room. Information was also relayed to the fire brigade,the Thane municipal corporation and the National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF).

“We had just received a truckload of vegetables which we were unpacking and sorting out when the building started teetering. We raised an alarm and got some of the residents out of the building,” said Ismail Sheikh,a local resident.

“We already had two teams on standby in Mumbai since the rains began,and rushed them to the spot. An additional team was also despatched from our base in Talegaon,” said NDRF commandant Alok Awasthi.

Acting Municipal Commissioner Shyamsundar Patil said the building was not on the list of dangerous or very dangerous buildings compiled by the Thane Municipal Commissioner. “It was built in 1979 and the TMC came into being in 1982 because of which we currently do not have any records of the building. Hence it would be premature to conclude that the building is illegal,” said Patil. The police quickly cordoned off the area and several ambulances,fire engines and JCB vehicles were rushed to the spot. A total of 13 people were rescued and rushed to the Kalsekar hospital in Kausa,Mumbra.

“The first few victims were brought here at around 3:30 am,and we made arrangements to take care of any more victims who might arrive,” said Dr Numan Tungekar,Senior Administrative Officer,Kalsekar Hospital.

The rescue workers then started lifting the larger pieces of rubble and pulling out those who were trapped underneath.

“We used victim location cameras to pinpoint the exact location of those trapped under the rubble,” said Commandant Awasthi.

Each time a body was pulled out,anxious relatives rushed to see who it was. At around 11 am,rescue workers pulled out the last body — a six-year-old boy .

The Mumbra police has for now registered accidental death reports (ADRs) in the matter.

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