Mumbai: Human Chain To Remove Debris In Search For Survivors In Dongri

Mumbai: Human Chain To Remove Debris In Search For Survivors In Dongri

Mumbai: Human Chain To Remove Debris In Search For Survivors In Dongri 

New Delhi: A four-storey building crashed in Mumbai's Dongri this morning. The site's narrow lanes and a dense neighbourhood posed a huge challenge for rescue workers to conduct operation. Two people have died and five have been rescued.

Around 11.40 am, The 100-year-old "Kesarbai" building collapsed, making a loud sound that one resident compared to an "earthquake". Over 40 people are feared trapped under the decades-old building that was reduced to a mass of rubble, wires and concrete.

Along with disaster response personnel and policemen, residents formed a human chain and tried to remove the debris brick by brick, lifting slabs of concrete in their search for survivors.

The fire brigade, Mumbai police and civic officials faced difficulties to access the site and they were forced to park some distance away.

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Visuals showed the rescuers passing down a young child pulled out of the rubble, wrapped in blankets.

Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force joined in the rescue.

The area, full of dilapidated buildings, had been flooded in bouts of heavy rain in the past few weeks.

Critics and opposition politicians called it a "man-made" disaster exacerbated by corruption and lack of safety norms. This is the second major building collapse this month.

The BMC had identified 499 buildings as "dangerous" because they were old, rundown and violated safety rules, in this year May; last year it was 619.

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