On Monday, a three-storeyed building collapsed in Bhiwandi town of Maharashtra. According to the police, seven children and four others were killed. 13 people were rescued from the incident site which also includes a four-year-old boy.
At 3.40 am the Jhilani building which was 43-year-old got collapsed. It is feared that around 10 persons are still trapped under the collapsed building. The police added that the search operations are still going on.
As per reports, among the dead children, there was a 2-year-old child. Personnel of the Thane Disaster Response Force (TDRF) were seen pulling out the boy, Ubed Quraishi, from the debris and feeding him water.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi expressed condolences in his tweet to the families of those who died.
President Ram Nath Kovind also put out a statement saying, “The loss of lives in the building collapse at Bhiwandi, Maharashtra is quite distressing. In this hour of grief, my thoughts and prayers are with the accident victims. I wish speedy recovery of the injured. Local authorities are coordinating rescue and relief efforts.”
As per officials, the collapsed building had 40 flats and around 150 persons living in it.
A civic official told PTI that the building, located at Narpoli’s Patel Compound near Dhamankar Naka, collapsed while the residents were asleep.
NDRF teams rushed to the spot and were using a canine squad to find people who were trapped in the debris.
An official of Thane Municipal Corporation said that the building’s portion got collapsed, trapping many occupants in the debris of the collapsed building.
The building was not in the list of dilapidated structures of the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation, he said.
An eyewitness said local residents rushed to the spot immediately after the collapse and helped pull out some persons from the debris.
The power supply to the locality was snapped as a precautionary measure, the official said, adding the injured have been admitted to local hospitals.