Rescue personnel search for survivors in the debris of a building that collapsed following heavy monsoon rains in Mumbai on Thursday. AFP
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In the first major monsoon-related tragedy, a dilapidated building collapsed following heavy rains in the western Indian city of Mumbai, killing at least 11 people, including eight children, died and injuring seven others, police said on Thursday.
The incident occurred close to midnight in a northern suburb of Mumbai, officials said, adding that more people could be trapped inside the debris.
So far, 11 persons have perished in the incident, comprising 9 from a single family, and after the locals raised an alarm that a few more may still be trapped under the huge mound of rubble, efforts were made to dig them out.
Heavy monsoon rains during the day on Wednesday had flooded several parts of the city that is India’s financial and entertainment capital.
The three-storey building collapsed late on Wednesday night, and police officer Ravindra Kadam said dozens of rescuers were clearing the debris to find any residents possibly still trapped.
The New Delhi Television channel said the building collapsed onto another structure in a slum in the Malad West area of Mumbai.
Residents joined the fire and police officers in rescuing people and they took the seven injured to a hospital in the suburban Kandivali area. Mumbai recorded 222 millimeters (8 inches) of rain in 12 hours on Wednesday.
Tidal waves that reached up to 4. 6 metres (13 feet) prevented the rainfall from being drained, and roads, rail tracks and neighborhoods were left waterlogged.
The incident happened on Wednesday evening when Mumbai was lashed by record heavy rains and many parts were inundated, leading to suspension of even the suburban trains for several hours.
A CCTV grab showed the two unidentified women, walking along the pavement while shielding themselves with an umbrella in the rains, and the next moment plonking inside the same open manhole, at brief intervals.
Fortunately, they could be seen again getting up, apparently unhurt, and slowly moving away from there, but the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation was whacked on social media for its negligence.
As the CCTV footage went viral, Mayor Kishori Pednekar rushed to the spot for an assessment.
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