Friday evenings heavy downpour claimed two lives as a wall collapsed in Bhandup. Two persons were injured in the incident,Bhandup police said.
Police said the deceased,Ravindra Ghanekar (35) and Rahul Gaikwad (30),and the injured,Sunil Jadhav (30) and Manik Jadhav (35) were residents of Sheetladevi chawl,adjacent to the under-construction Sunrise Apartments in Kaju Tekdi.
BMC has notified the area as landslide prone and has close to 2,000 slums nearby.
A lot of water had accumulated at the chawl. The four were trying to divert the water to a gutter when the compound wall of the building collapsed. They were trapped beneath the debris, said an officer.
Residents immediately called the fire control room,and the information was relayed to the fire brigade as well as the Bhandup police station.
Rescue efforts began within an hour. Sunil,Manik and Ghanekar were rescued and rushed to Central Hospital in Bhandup.
Ghanekar,who was grievously injured,succumbed to injuries Saturday morning. Gaikwads body was pulled out early Saturday.
Some residents said the wall was constructed by the private developer who is building Sunrise Apartments,but others claimed that BMC had built it more than a year ago.
The wall was constructed on a drain,clogging it. This led to water entering homes here. We are finding out who built the wall and if permissions were taken, said a junior level engineer from S ward office.
We have registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. We are verifying if the wall was built by BMC. We will arrest those responsible, said senior inspector Shrirang Nadgauda.
Seven injured in Mumbra
Seven people were injured in Mumbra after a wall of a two-storey structure fell on four huts nearby early Saturday morning.
Mumbra police said the building was under construction. The incident occurred at Gaondevi around 2.30 am.
The two-storey structure is higher up on a slope than the four huts. One hut was buried underneath a major chunk of the debris,while the rest rolled further down and damaged three other huts,said an officer.
The fire brigade,police and local residents rushed to the spot to help clear the debris and the seven victims were pulled out within an hour. They have been identified as Raju Jadhav (45),his wife Lakshmi (40),their children Bala (14),Sagar (10),Anju (18) and Manju (14) and Rajus niece Lakshi (7). They were rushed to Shivaji Hospital in Mumbra.
The owner of the structure,Mahendra Kamble,has been booked for negligence. We are looking for him and will arrest him soon. All the victims are out of danger,said senior inspector Shivshankar Munde.