An elderly couple was killed and several others feared to be trapped under the debris after a two-storey building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Thane district on Sunday morning.
The building, Mahadev Nivas, which was declared as “most dangerous” by municipal authorities, at Hanuman Tekdi in Bhiwandi, collapsed around 7 a.m on Sunday. Bhiwandi is a place that is located about 35 km north of Mumbai. This is the second incident of building collapse in the town in a week’s time.
Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) chief of the Thane Municipal Corporation, Santosh Kadam told Press Trust Of India (PTI) that the building located at Hanuman Tekadi locality on the Kalyan road collapsed and seven-eight persons are feared trapped. He added in a statement that “exact number of families residing in the building is yet to be ascertained.”
According to a spokesman of the Bhiwandi civic body, the building occupants were earlier served evacuation notices, following which two of the 5-6 families residing there vacated the place while the others were not ready to vacate.
The spokesperson added that the water connection to the building was blocked when the occupants had refused to vacate and that the power supply was also about to be cut down soon.
According to Ravindra Patil a police officer the two deceased have been identified as landlord Sajjanlal Gupta(60) and his wife Sitodevi(55).
The officials said that a search is being carried out to rescue the six members of a family, who are feared buried under the debris.
Fire brigade and disaster management teams from Thane and Kalyan rushed in to the site and managed to rescue four people from under the debris. 20 people including six children were rescued under the rescue operations.
On July 31, a two – storey residential building crashed in Gaibinagar claiming eight lives which included four children and three women while 10 others were injured.