Kurla Building Collapsed: 10 people died after a four-storey building collapsed late on Monday night at Nayak Nagar Society in Kurla area of Mumbai. Rescue operations are on since Monday night. News18 quoted sources as saying that 23 people were rescued, out of which 10 died.
The rescued people with serious injuries have been referred to the civil hospitals at Ghatkopar and Sion for treatment. BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said that he has requested the fire brigade and NDRF to carry out the search and rescue operation with caution as some people may be alive inside.
A 30-year-old man was also among the dead, who was brought to the Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. However, on reaching there, he was declared brought dead. An official said firefighters were searching for survivors.
Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray visited the site of the Kurla Bhawan collapse. According to ANI, he said,”I came here last night also and the rescue operation is on. 2-3 people have come out alive, maybe more people can come out and we hope everyone is safe from the debris.””
The Maharashtra government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of each of the deceased and free treatment for the injured. Maharashtra minister Subhash Desai also said that the incident would be probed and action would be taken against those responsible. Along with this, a meeting has also been called, in which it will be ensured that such incident does not happen again.
Shiv Sena MLA Sanjay Potnis said that back in 2016, the building was listed under C1 category. Later, after an audit, it was again placed under C2. After coming to C2, it should have been repaired, but it was not done. However, I do not think there has been any negligence on the part of BMC.
The local people told the fire brigade personnel that after getting information about the incident, when they reached the spot, around 20-22 people were buried under the debris, the official said. About a dozen fire tenders have been deployed at the site, apart from two rescue vans and other fire equipment, the official said.
According to The Indian Express, local councilor Praveena Morajkar said that the colony where the incident took place has four dilapidated buildings. The residents were given notices to vacate five to six years ago, but still people are living here