4-Storey Building Collapses In Ghatkopar

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A rescue van along with 108 Ambulance also rushed to the spot. The schools had facilities for food and water, but most of the victims chose to reside with their relatives. Also, Up to now around 7 dead, the names of the deceased persons are Ranjanben Shah (62), V Renuka (3 months baby), two more women, and others names have to reveal by the officials.

Lalit Updhayaya was seen running helter skelter and running between Shantiniketan Hospital and Rajawadi Hospital. "We think around 15 may still be trapped and rescue operations are ongoing", Tanaji Kamble, a disaster management spokesman for Mumbai's civic administrative body, told AFP. The families who have their beloved ones inside the building are seeking for help.

Building collapses are common in India, especially during the annual monsoon season which usually runs from late June to September.

BMC officials said the building housed a nursing home too, but it was being renovated and so did not have too many patients, reported NDTV. Identified in a structural audit by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, a DNA report states that such buildings were given permission for redevelopment.

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The city and its suburbs had received heavy rains over the last several days, though there had been some respite from it since yesterday with showers becoming intermittent. "The rescue work is going on a war-footing", said Rahangdale.

In 2013, 145 people were killed in three separate building collapses around Mumbai, on the western coast, the highest in recent years.

According to residents of the ill-fated Siddhi-Sai Cooperative Housing Society, the pillars of the building got weakened due to ongoing renovation of a nursing home located on its ground floor, reportedly owned by a local Shiv Sena leader.

Furthermore, Congress leader Praveen Chheda, the ex MLA from this constituency, has said that the onus of compensating for the mishap lies on Sitap.