Mumbai: Building Collapse Kills 7

At least seven people have been killed and dozens more are feared trapped after a building collapsed in Mumbai, India.

The five-storey building toppled over in Mumbai’s densely populated Bhendi Bazaar district on Thursday morning.

Authorities and emergency services are scrambling to get to those still trapped in the rubble. “Forty people are believed to be stuck inside and a 43-member team is conducting rescue operations,” said an official for India’s National Disaster Response Force.

At least nine families were living inside the dilapidated building, thought to be around 100 years old, despite the fact that it was slated for redevelopment.

India has some of the steepest property prices in the world and high quality housing is in short supply. Many have no choice but to live in dangerous and overcrowded buildings.

According to reports, police suspect that recent heavy rains may have weakened the building’s structure. On Tuesday, Mumbai experienced its heaviest rainfall in 12 years.

This is the third building collapse in Mumbai in less than a month.

Municipal authorities say they have increased their efforts to evacuate and demolish dangerous buildings.

Image: Mumbai Building Collapse [online image] (2017) sourced on 31 August 2017 from https://i.ndtvimg.com/i/2017-08/mumbai-building-collapse_650x400_61504151725.jpg