Mumbai Building Collapse Kills At Least Seven

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Buildings in the financial capital are often constructed hastily and illegally, and flawed building plans are sometimes approved by bribes.

No fewer than 11 people were killed and 20 rescued and sent to hospital, according to Deven Bharti, the joint commissioner for law and order of the Mumbai Police.

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.

Rescuers were searching for survivors at the site of the collapsed five-story building, believed to be about 117 years old, in the busy Bhendi Bazar market area.

Akin to the great floods of July 2005 when the city was buried under 945 mm of rainfall on a single day, Mumbaikars were mostly left to fend for themselves on Tuesday when it rained about 316 mm, paralyzing the megapolis.

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An official in the control room of India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said seven bodies had been pulled from the rubble and that around 30 more were still thought to be trapped. It is not clear if the building collapsed due to rain.

The multi-storey Hussain building in the south of the city had 11 families living in it when it collapsed.

- Building was over 100 years old.

The area near the building has been cordoned off said a Mumbai Police official.

Bhendi Bazaar is in the south of the city, which has more than 16,000 buildings built before the 1940s; 791 of these were identified as risky in a pre-monsoon survey by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Sky News reported. Minister of State for Housing Ravindra Waikar who also visited the site said a probe will be conducted on the No Objection Certificates that were granted for redevelopment work to all cessed buildings in Mumbai.

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Building collapses are not uncommon in India; there have been three in the past month in Mumbai alone.

The ground+6 storeyed-building housed a total of 13 tenants which included 12 residential and 1 commercial.

"Rescue operations are already under way".

"It was over a century old and dilapidated like numerous buildings in the locality".

This recent building collapse sheds more light on the poor standards of building construction in India.

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