A four-storey building collapsed in Shanti Nagar area of Bhiwandi, Thane in Maharashtra in the wee hours of Saturday. The death toll in the building collapse near Mumbai has risen to two, police said. Five are critically injured. The deceased have been identified as Siraj Ahmed Ansari (27) and Aakhib Ansari (22). The injured -- Abdul Aziz Syed Mullani (55), Javed Salim Sheikh (34), Narendra Bawane (35), Devidas Wagh (34) and Sufiyan Abdul Hasan (23) -- have been shifted to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Bhiwandi for treatment.
"Four people have been rescued so far," Ashok Rankhamb, Commissioner of Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation had said earlier, adding that the building was in a dilapidated state and was being vacated when the incident took place."People had informed us that the building may collapse. I along with officers reached the spot and asked people to vacate the building. Most had vacated the building but then some people went inside to pick their luggage. Meanwhile, the building came down. It is an eight-year-old building and was built illegally. An investigation will be done," Rankhamb said.
Disaster Management Officer Santosh Kadam said that fire brigade and personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were engaged in rescuing people trapped in the debris. The rescue operations are currently underway. There are four teams of NDRF working at the site.The authorities suspect that there could be more casualties. Below are the pictures of the Bhiwandi building collapse and rescue operations.
Maharashtra: A four-storey building collapsed in Shanti Nagar area of Bhiwandi. 4 people have been rescued and several feared trapped. Rescue operations underway. More details awaited. pic.twitter.com/OAExE5STFn— ANI (@ANI) August 23, 2019
Maharashtra: Rescue operations continue at the building collapse site in Bhiwandi. The incident has claimed lives of 2 people so far. pic.twitter.com/hSLXoVlmn5— ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2019