Mumbai Dongri Building Collapse Live Updates: Three bodies, including that of two minors, were pulled out from the debris on Wednesday morning taking the death toll in Mumbai’s building collapse to 13. Many are still feared trapped and nine others are injured in the crash.
The ground-plus-four-storey ‘Kesarbai’ building, located in a densely populated narrow lane in Dongri’s Tandel Street, came crashing down just before noon. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a probe into the incident with residents claiming that the collapse was triggered by repair work in the basement godown. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the loss of lives.
Kesarbhai Mansion was constructed in 1934, and the portion that collapsed is said to have been added in the 1980s. The building was unauthorised, officials of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) said, adding it was not under its supervision.
The difficult access to the site prevented ambulances and earthmovers from being deployed, and rescue workers, including residents, used bare hands to remove concrete chunks, door frames and household items. Ambulances had to be parked some 50 metres away.