At least 13 people died and 62 were injured when an eight-storey building in Thanes Mumbra region collapsed on Thursday evening. The building,which reportedly came up in just three months,is one of the many such illegal constructions in the Mumbra-Kalwa-Diva belt of Thane,said Thane Municipal Corporation officials.
The residential building was located on Sheel Mahape Road,near Lucky Compound,in Mumbra. It had 36 flats,most of which were occupied. Four of these were rented out to coaching classes,said a civic official.
There are about seven-eight students from our school who used to attend the coaching classes in the building. They are feared to be trapped under the debris. Members of the school committee and parents are involved in rescue operations, said Imran Farid,trustee of Rafiqua Urdu primary school.
The builder,locals said,was earlier in the business of scrap dealing. Nobody has been arrested so far.
About 40-50 people are known to be still trapped in the debris,said locals. A team of fire brigade officials from Mumbai was rushed to the spot. While rescue operations are still on,the injured have been rushed to the Thane civic hospital,Kalwa hospital and other private hospitals.
At Mumbais Sion Hospital,Gangu Bai Chauhan,48,one of the injured,has been admitted with severe fractures. Her leg is very badly crushed and we may have to amputate it if it gets worse. said a doctor.