Raigad Building Collapse HIGHLIGHTS:At least 16 people died after a building collapsed in a residential area of Mahad in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Monday. So far, 78 people have been rescued from the debris in the 33-hour-long rescue operations which ended on Wednesday.
The building, named Tarique Garden, was not more than 10 years ago. It was a ground-plus-four structure. Around 40 families resided in the building. At 6.50 pm Monday, the top three floors collapsed. Some residents managed to escape before it came down.
Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed to the site of the accident late Monday, to join rescue operations conducted by the local police and fire brigade. A green corridor was created from Pune to Raigad to created a swift passage for the NDRF teams.
Meanwhile, the Raigad Police Tuesday registered a case under Sections 304, 304 A, 337, 338 and 34, against five persons.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said he was saddened by the incident, and prayed the injured recovered soon. “Saddened by the building collapse in Mahad, Raigad in Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their dear ones. I pray the injured recover soon. Local authorities and NDRF teams are at the site of the tragedy, providing all possible assistance,” he said in a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office. (Also read Maharashtra Coronavirus Live Updates)