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11 people including 9 of a family die in house collapse incident in Mumbai, nearby buildings in ‘danger’

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Mohammad Rafiq, who lost 9 members of his family, had gone to fetch milk when the tragic incident happened

Mumbai: At least 11 people, including eight children, died after a four-storey house collapsed on another structure in the Malwani area of Malad West in Mumbai, reports claimed.

As per reports, seven others were seriously injured and have been admitted to BDBA Municipal General Hospital.

The incident took place around 11: 15 pm on Wednesday at the New Collector Compound on Abdul Hamid Road in the Malwani area.

Later, locals along with the fire brigade team and police rescued the fifteen people trapped in the debris, a report by India Today said.

Three other buildings nearby are in “dangerous condition” and the residents have been evacuated, the report said quoting Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials.

The house belonged to Mohammad Rafiq, who lost nine members of his family. He had gone to fetch milk last night when the tragic incident happened. Only one of his sons survived apart from him.

Maharashtra minister Aslam Shaikh, who visited the site following the incident, said the house collapsed due to heavy rain in the city.

Rubina Shaikh, a widow, also lost her home in the collapse. She is a beggar and has no means to construct her house again. Shaikh said she had nowhere to go to live with her children.

Former chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis demanded an in-depth inquiry and action against all those responsible behind the house collapse.

“Saddened to know loss of lives in Malad building collapse incident in Mumbai. My thoughts are with families who lost loved ones and prayers for speedy recovery of injured. We demand immediate assistance to the families, in-depth inquiry & action against all responsible,” he said.

The southwest monsoon arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday with a bang as heavy rain lashed the Maximum City and its suburbs, causing water-logging in various parts of the city and disrupting suburban train services.

Incessant rain continued to batter Mumbai on Thursday, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issuing an ‘orange’ alert for the city for the next three days. The IMD said Mumbai and neighbouring Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall.

 

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