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Maharashtra: Death toll in Bhiwandi building collapse rises to 25

Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation Commissioner Pankaj Aashiya said, “After heavy machinery reached the spot, rescue operations picked up pace as debris was being cleared manually earlier.”

Written by Sagar Rajput | Mumbai | Updated: September 23, 2020 12:03:17 pm
Bhiwandi, bhiwandi building collapse, Bhiwandi building collapse death toll, Bhiwandi building collapse search operation, mumbai city newsThe building in the powerloom town - which is around 10 km from Thane - had 40 flats and around 150 persons lived there, an official said. (Express photo by Deepak Joshi)

The toll in the Jilani Building collapse in Bhiwandi rose to 25, including 13 children, on Tuesday. Nearly 40 hours after a portion of the three-storey building collapsed early Monday morning, 25 people have so far been rescued but several remain trapped. Officials said they feared 12 people were still trapped inside.

On Tuesday, rescuers razed the boundary wall that the collapsed structure shared with a neighbouring building, allowing excavators, JCBs and dumpers to reach the site. “JCBs and excavators could not reach the site earlier as the lanes leading to it are very narrow and congested,” said Ashish Kumar, deputy commandant, NDRF.

NDRF team during resuce operation at the building collapse site on Tuesday. (Express photo by Deepak Joshi)

Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation Commissioner Pankaj Aashiya said, “After heavy machinery reached the spot, rescue operations picked up pace as debris was being cleared manually earlier.”

Officials said survivors were currently sheltered in a mosque and a community hall near the spot.

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