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Mumbai building collapses following heavy rainfall

Mumbai, June 10 (): Following heavy monsoon rain, an apartment block in central Mumbai was partially collapsed on Monday evening killing at least four people and injuring few others. A number of people are said to be trapped inside the debris.

The city which recorded its highest rainfall in the last ten years led to the collapse of the four-storey residential building at Mahim on Monday evening. The building collapsed in such a way that half of the five-storey building caved in and the other half of the building was still standing. Due to heavy rain, rescue operation is getting delayed, said a senior police officer adding that a number of residents are feared to have trapped in the debris.

The building popularly known as Altaf had a Maruti car showroom on its ground floor. Rescue operations are underway. Several cars parked in the vicinity have been damaged and are being towed away. A seventy year old woman Zaibunissa Abdul Sattar Laakha who was trapped in the debris was rescued by the officials but died within five minutes.

The building is located very close to the famous Mahim dargah. People who were rescued were rushed to the BMC-run Bhabha Hospital in Bandra. A woman who suffered head injuries was admitted in the casualty ward of the hospital.

A few people were taken to the BMC-run Sion Hospital while some were admitted to the BMC-run KEM Hospital. A total of sixty fire brigade officials and three Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) personnel besides the National Disaster Response Force were deployed at the spot to carry out the rescue operations.

The incident occurred just  two months after  a seven-storey building which collapsed on the outskirts of the city in the month of Marchkilling seventy-four people due to poor construction and  lack of safety inspections of the building which  led to several arrests in connection with the tragedy.

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