First mega-monsoon tragedy as 8 children among 11 killed in Mumbai building collapse - GulfToday

First mega-monsoon tragedy as 8 children among 11 killed in Mumbai building collapse


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. 

BuildingcollapsedRescue workers remove debris to search for survivors after a residential building collapsed in Mumbai. Reuters

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.

RainMumbai-bustopChildren play near a flooded bus stop during heavy rains in Mumbai. AP

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.

Building collapses are common in India during the June-September monsoon season when heavy rains weaken the foundations of structures that are poorly built.

Two women fall in open manhole, survive

In a shocking incident, two women walking along a flooded footpath in Mumbai's Bhandup suddenly fell into an open manhole, as per the video going viral on Thursday and evoking outrage from city residents,
RainMumbaiPeople cross waterlogged railway tracks next to a parked passenger train during heavy rains in Mumbai. Reuters

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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