Mumbai Building Collapse: 14 Dead, Rescue Operation On
The hundred-year-old Kesaribai building in South Mumbai collapsed on Tuesday morning. This is one of Mumbai’s most crowded areas where a lot of buildings need repair. So far, fourteen people have been killed. Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force, along with residents of neighborhood buildings started the rescue operations and were working in full swing throughout the night.
Many people are still trapped inside. Till now, nine people have been rescued, including two children. Portable power tools were used to remove blocks of concrete and bricks as heavy machines could not reach the collapsed building due to overhead dangling wires.
The building was declared a ‘C1 building’ in 2017 by Mumbai Civic body. As per the government rule, buildings designated as C1 buildings should be evacuated and demolished immediately after a safety audit. But this building was left.
According to the World Economic Forum, Mumbai is one of the most crowded cities in the world, after Dhaka. Safety of Mumbaikars living in such old buildings should be an issue of huge concern Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority.