Thane More than 10 bodies have been recovered overnight from the rubble of a collapsed building in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi town. Relief work continues 48 hours after the incident. The death toll in the accident has reached 35. Officials said this on Wednesday. This is the biggest accident in terms of deaths in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) this monsoon season. An official of the Bhawandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNMC) said ten more teenagers under the age of 15 were killed along with five children, including nine women and 11 men.
Also, 25 people are still being rescued from the four-decade-old Gilani building at Patel Complex in Narpoli. The building collapsed around 3.45am on Monday.
The victims were all sleeping in their homes at the time of the incident. A dog squad with local rescue teams and the NDRF saved the lives of more than two dozen people and about 10 more injured people have been admitted to various hospitals.
The BNMC on Monday sacked two civilian officers, Sudham Yadav and Dudhnath Yadav, in connection with the accident, though Narpoli police have filed criminal cases against producer Syed Ahmed Jilani and others.
State Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde has ordered an inquiry into the building accident and earlier announced Rs five lakh to the families of the victims and free treatment to the injured.
The minister said 102 more buildings in the minority-dominated town of Powerloom had been declared “dangerous” and all residents had been evacuated as a precautionary measure.
This is the second major incident in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) in less than a month. Earlier, on August 24, an eight-year-old five-storey building at Tariq Garden in Mahad town of Raigarh collapsed, killing 16 people.
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