21 killed in Mumbai building collapse

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'A notice to vacate the building was issued to tenants as the 117 year old building was deemed risky.

Some residents claimed that about 40 people belonging to nine families lived in crammed rooms in the structure, which was declared "unsafe" by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).

A fire brigade official said the children had a narrow escape.

"We will continue the operation overnight till the last person or body is accounted for", said chief fire officer Prabhat Rahangdale said. Old and risky buildings are routinely pulled down in all places except in our country where some or the other excuse retains them. A play school for young kids was also located in the building - but they had a close shave and the building collapsed before they could land up.

Police, however suspect that the heavy rains in the city could have weakened the building, which is located in city's Dongri neighbourhood, an area full of narrow streets with closely packed buildings, some almost a century old.

Other media say more than a dozen others were missing and feared trapped beneath a huge mound of mud, broken concrete slabs and twisted steel girders. Mumbai building collapsed, is an accident of the Bhendi Bazaar area.

Ambulances, fire engines and members of the disaster relief force are still working at the site.

South Mumbai has more than 16,000 buildings built before the 1940s and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) identified 791 of these buildings as risky in its pre-monsoon survey. However, according to reports, two floors of the 70-year-old building were constructed illegally.

Building collapses are common in Mumbai, especially during the monsoon season from late June to September.

Tuesday's rains in Mumbai brought the metropolis with 18 million inhabitants to a standstill as the city was placed on high alert after road, rail and air traffic were disrupted. "The final approval for demolition was granted in May 2016, but a few families opted to stay in the dilapidated building which led to this unfortunate loss of life", he said.

A woman said the building also housed a nursery-cum-playgroup. Earlier in July, four-storey building in Ghatkopar in which 17 people died.

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