Monday, September 21, 2020

At least 10 people dead and dozens trapped after block of flats collapses in India

At least 10 people have died and dozens more left trapped after a three-storey block of flats collapsed in Mumbai, according to reports.

As many as 100 people are feared to be stuck in the building in Bhiwandi, Satya Pradhan, the chief of the National Disaster Response Force said in a tweet.

A child - among several people rescued - has been rushed to hospital after being pulled him from under the debris, local media have said.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), fire brigade and police teams are all at the scene following the collapse at around 3.40am on Monday.

It is understood the building - in the Patel Compound area - contained at least 21 flats and was over 30 years old, with many residents asleep during the collapse.

TV coverage showed pictures of rubble and a rescue dog running through the scene.

Reuters partner ANI quoted the spokesman of Bhiwandi municipal corporation as saying eight people were dead.

The news agency quoted a Thane Municipal Corporation spokesperson as saying: "The number of deaths have risen to eight in Bhiwandi building collapse incident. Five more people have been rescued."