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Building crumbles in Mumbai; many feared trapped

Building crumbles in Mumbai; many feared trapped under debris A five-storey residential building collapsed in Bhendi Bazar area of south Mumbai on Thursday, with the civic officials fearing that many people are trapped under the rubble.

“Our disaster management cell received a call at 8.40 am about the collapse. We immediately rushed fire brigade personnel to the site to rescue the trapped people. We fear that several people are trapped under the debris,” a senior Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) official said.

He said the exact number of people staying in the building and those trapped cannot be confirmed immediately. Search and rescue operations are underway with the help of local residents. It is also not known whether the building was on the list of dangerous structures under the MCGM limits.

The incident occurred two days after the city received torrential rains, which is suspected to have damaged the building. A Mumbai Police official said the area near the building has been cordoned off. The fire department personnel and medical staff have reached the spot, he added.

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