Bhiwandi building collapse: Death tally climbs to 35
Mumbai: The overnight death tally in the building collapse in Bhiwandi town rose to 35 with more bodies recovered from the debris even as the search for more victims continues, officials said here on Wednesday.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams at the spot are in the rescue mission from Tuesday with the help of canine team present at the spot too.
Hindustan Times quoted Ashish Kumar, deputy commandant, NDRF saying, “Relatives at the spot are claiming there are 8-10 people still trapped inside. We are searching accordingly. The ongoing rain is affecting the operations as we are trying to enter deep into the rubbles and pull out those trapped in the first floor and ground floor of the building.”
The three-storey residential building in the Bhiwandi area collapsed at the wee hours of Monday while most residents were asleep. More than 60 people were estimated to be in the building at the time.
Thane Guardian Minister and Urban Development Minister Eknath Sinde has ordered an investigation into the lapses taking to the building collapse and earlier announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to the kin of the dead and free medical treatment to the injured. In August, at least 13 people were killed in another incident when a five-storey building was crashed in Mahad, an industrial town about 165km south of Mumbai.