A portion of a building collapsed at Crawford Market in Mumbai on Tuesday, September 10. The incident happened around 8 pm when the three-storey building named Yusuf in Lohar Chawl at Mangal Das road collapsed. Seven fire tenders and local police station officials were rushed to the spot. At least 17 people have been rescued and no casualties have been reported so far.
“No casualties or injuries have been reported until now, police officers have been rushed to the spot. The fire brigade is also present at the spot,” reported the Public Relations Officer (PRO) to the Deputy Commissioner of Mumbai Police. A Mumbai Fire Brigade official said that a portion at the northern side of Yusuf building collapsed. Four people were trapped under the debris and as a precautionary measure, the adjoining Dwarkadas building and the remaining residents of Yusuf building have been evacuated.
According to an eye witness, the residents of the building were recently asked to evacuate the building. The repair board had issued eviction notices to the residents of the building and the neighbouring ones on September 3. The structure was classified as a Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) Cess building. The Cessed buildings are structures whose tenants pay a cess tax to the housing board.
The incident happened 2 days after a slab of building under construction in Dongri area of Mumbai collapsed, claiming the life of a 22-year-old man. The mishap took place around 10.15 am in Chinchbunder area on Flank Road, a police official said. 'Two people, who were working in the building, got trapped under the debris, they were pulled out with the help of the fire brigade. Both were rushed to a state-run hospital, where one of them was declared dead before admission', he said. The other person was reported to be in a critical condition, he added.
At least two more people lost their lives in August after a four-storey building collapsed in Shanti Nagar area of Bhiwandi. According to reports, over 500 buildings in the city are in extremely dangerous conditions.