Six people have died after a 33-year-old three-storeyed building collapsed in Thane district of Maharashtra last night. While 16 people have now been pulled out of the debris, many are still feared trapped.
The building had been served a notice declaring it a weak structure by local municipal authorities recently.
“The building was constructed in 1972. A few days ago it was declared a dangerous building after a structural audit and the corporation issued eviction notices but the building was not vacated. Yesterday parts of the building collapsed and today it collapsed completely,” KDMC Mayor Kalyani Patil said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, due to heavy rain since last night, rescue and relief operations have been hampered.
The injured have been rushed to hospital. The building ‘Matru Chaya’ collapsed at around 10:40 pm yesterday.
Initial reports suggested that the old building collapsed due to the heavy downpour in the area since afternoon.
Fire brigade teams from Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi, and Ambernath and emergency disaster control teams were rushed to the site.