Mumbai building collapse LIVE updates: As death toll mounts to 21, Samajwadi Party blames MHADA, SBUT for Bhendi Bazaar catastrophe

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Mumbai building collapse LIVE updates: At least 21 persons were today killed and 34 people injured after a three-story residential building collapsed in Bhendi Bazar area of south Mumbai.

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Mumbai building collapse LIVE updates: At least 21 persons were today killed and 15 people injured after a three-story residential building collapsed in Bhendi Bazar area of south Mumbai. Search and rescue operations are underway with the help of local residents. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has said that its disaster management cell received a call at 8.40 am about the collapse, according to reports. Mumbai Police have cordoned off the area near the building. The fire department personnel and medical staff have reached the spot.

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7: 15 PM: “Both state government and BMC are running away from the situation. They refuse to take responsibility,” AIMIM leader Waris Pathan told Republic TV.

7: 05 PM: According to Indian Express, the rescue work is in full swing with 10 fire appliances, two rescue vans and 200 MFB officers including trainees and two NDRF teams present at collapse site. About 10 persons still feared to trapped in the debris.

6: 50 PM: Taking to Twitter Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra suggested construction companies to conduct CSR activities like pre-monsoon surveys of dilapidated buildings.

6: 41 PM: Here is what CM Devendra Fadnavis said after reaching the accident spot earlier today. Watch video:

6: 31 PM: As per PTI, Samajwadi Party (SP) today sought to put the blame on housing body MHADA and the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) that had undertaken the redevelopment of the over century old structure.

6: 25 PM: There was an explosion-like sound, followed by a swirl of dust as the five-story Husaini building in his neighbourhood collapsed, Iqbal Kaskar, absconding gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s younger brother told PTI. Kaskar lives in a nearby building.

6: 10 PM: According to a report by Indian Express, Opposition blamed the MHADA and Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) for the building crash.

5: 58 PM: The Chief Fire Officer has said that rescue operation are in full swing and about 10 to 15 people are still suspected to be trapped, reported Indian Express.

5: 40 PM: Death toll mounts to 21, reported Indian Express.

5: 35 PM: Collapse of a building in Mumbai is saddening. My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives & prayers with the injured, tweets PM Narendra Modi.

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5: 27 PM: From now on we will evict people forcefully if they don’t vacate dilapidated buildings, Firstpost quoted State Housing Development Minister saying.

5: 12 PM: According to a Mumbai Mirror report, around 50 children had a narrow escape today when the building collapsed as a playschool functioned on the ground floor of the Hussaini building.

5: 06 PM: According to ANI, Maharashtra CM has also announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the dead

4: 58 PM: “Action will be taken in case of any negligence,” Devendra Fadnavis told reporters soon after visiting the incident site.

4: 52 PM: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis reaches the incident site to take stock of the situation, reports ANI.

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4: 48 PM: Desai also informed that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will chair a meeting to chalk out an action plan to rehabilitate those living in dilapidated buildings.

4: 40 PM: “We will probe how the developer concerned failed to redevelop the project when it was granted the NOC way back in 2011. This is the time to provide rescue and relief to the victims and their aggrieved relatives. Later, we will fix responsibility,” state minister Subhash Desai told Firstpost.

4: 30 PM: Maharashtra government will conduct an inquiry into the Bhendi Bazaar building collapse, a PTI report said.

4: 20 PM: Amongst the people who died included 13 males and three females, a senior police official told PTI.

4: 10 PM: According to PTI, the death toll in Mumbai building collapse mounts to 16.

4: 00 PM:  Patel also said the structure was old and there were frequent complaints of leakages.

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3: 54 PM: Speaking to Indian Express, Mumbradevi MLA Amin Patel said, “A notice to vacate the building was issued to tenants. Fifty per cent had vacated the building while the rest remained.”

3: 44 PM: Bhendi Bazaar building collapse death toll rises to 15, reported ANI.

3: 35 PM: The fire brigade has categorised the building collapse as a level-III emergency, says Indian Express adding that as many as 90 NDRF personnel, 10 fire tenders, two rescue vans and several ambulances are at the site.

3: 25 PM: According to a recent update by ANI, fire broke at Bhendi Bazar building collapse site, however it has been doused now.

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3: 15 PM: Number of injured persons rises to 34 including 6 fire brigade personnel, reported ANI.

3:05 PM: The incident occurred two days after the city was pummelled by torrential rains, which may have caused damage to the building.

3:00 PM: “MHADA notices dated March 28 and May 20, 2011, declaring the building dilapidated, were issued along with an offer of transit accommodation to the remaining tenants and occupants,” The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) said.

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2:54 PM: The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT), which has undertaken redevelopment of the 117-year-old structure, said the building housed a total of 13 tenants — 12 residential and one commercial. “Of them, the trust had already shifted seven families in 2013-14,” it said in a statement.

2:49 PM: The MCGM rushed its emergency rescue team followed by ambulances, dumpers and earth-movers to the spot. Soon, 90 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were also rushed to the spot.

2:45 PM: “We immediately rushed fire brigade personnel to the site to rescue the trapped people,” a senior MCGM official said.The rescue operation is being carried out by the NDRF team with the help of fire brigade personnel.

2:40 PM: A senior police official said 12 people, including an elderly couple, died and 14 others were injured in the incident. The injured were admitted to the J J Hospital. The deceased included nine men and three women, he said.

2:35 PM: 29 people rescued so far; 10 to 15 still suspected to be trapped, rescue operation underway in Mumbai.

2:27 PM: Bhendi Bazaar building collapse: Death toll rises to 12.

2:13 PM: A five-storey residential building in the congested Bhendi Bazar area of south Mumbai collapsed today, killing at least 12 people and injuring 14 others, officials said. About 30 others were feared trapped.

2:08 PM: Fire brigade officials said some nine families lived in the dilapidated Husaini Building. Some media reports said it also housed a play school but children had not arrived yet when the tragedy occurred.

2:03 PM: The building, mostly housing lower-middle class families, was located in the Muslim-dominated Pakmodia Street near the J J Hospital.

1:58 PM: The building, which also had six godowns on the ground floor, crumbled at around 8:30 a.m. It’s not clear if the heavy rains that inundated Mumbai this week had weakened the building, said to be over 100 years old.

1:53 PM: What remained was a large mound of concrete rubble and steel rods encircled by other houses including what appeared to be a tall building. Rescue workers in hard hats clambered up the mound and hammered at concrete slabs with hammers to reach underneath. Cranes and bulldozers were also deployed to scoop up the debris. Residents helped with bare hands.

1:48 PM: “The exact number of trapped people cannot be known immediately,” deputy commissioner of police (Zone 1) Manoj Sharma said.

1:43 PM: “Our priority is to pull out at the earliest those trapped under the rubble of the dilapidated building,” said Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai, who is also the guardian minister for Mumbai.

1:38 PM: “Once the rescue work gets over, the government will conduct a probe to ascertain the factors behind the building collapse. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty,” he told reporters.

1:33 PM: The disaster management cell of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) received a call about the collapse at 8.40 a.m.

1:28 PM: The building, named Husaini building, is located at the Bohari Mahal and falls under the jurisdiction of the J.J. Marg Police Station.

1:24 PM: Mumbai police confirmed that 10 people have been killed in Mumbai building collapse.

1:02 PM: At least 10 persons were killed and 15 injured when the residential building caved in. About 25 people are feared trapped in the debris.

12:58 PM: The incident occurred two days after heavy rains that brought the city to a halt and may have caused damage to the building.

12:42 PM: A meeting would be held with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to chalk out an action plan to rehabilitate those living in dilapidated buildings.

12:39 PM: “This particular building was already marked for redevelopment as it was dilapidated. A meeting will soon be held with the chief minister and an action plan will be prepared to rehabilitate those residing in such structures so that these incidents do not occur again,” Desai said.

12:37 PM: Bhendi Bazaar building collapse: 10 people dead so far. 15 including 2 fire officers injured, 25 rescued, ANI reported

12:30 PM: Our priority is to pull out at the earliest those trapped under the rubble of the dilapidated building. Once the rescue work gets over, the government will conduct a probe to ascertain the factors behind the building collapse,” state minister Subhash Desai said.

12:27 PM: “Strict action will be taken against those found guilty,” the industries minister, who is also the guardian minister for Mumbai, told reporters

12:24 PM: The Maharashtra government will conduct an inquiry into the Bhendi Bazaar building collapse in which at least seven people lost their lives, state minister Subhash Desai announced today.

12:20 PM: WATCH- Death toll rises to 7

12:17 PM: The incident occurred two days after the city was pummelled by torrential rains, which may have caused damage to the building.

12:15 PM: It is not known whether the building was on the list of dangerous structures under the MCGM limits.

12:13 PM: The incident occurred two days after the city was pummelled by torrential rains, which may have caused damage to the building.

12:10 PM: “The exact number of trapped people cannot be known immediately,” DCP, Zone 1, Manoj Sharma said.Their identity is being established.

12:08 PM: WATCH- Mumbai building collapse

12:05 PM: A senior police official said seven persons, including an elderly couple, died and 13 others were injured in the incident. The injured were admitted to the J J Hospital.

12:02 PM: Seven persons were killed, 15 others injured, while around 25 people are feared trapped after a five-storey residential building collapsed in Bhendi Bazaar area of south Mumbai.

11:59 AM: The building, located at Pakmodia street near the J J Hospital, with 12 rooms and six godowns on the ground floor, crumbled at around 8:30 am.

11:57 AM: According to fire brigade sources present at the spot, “There were around nine families staying in the building. Thirty people are feared trapped”.

11:55 AM: The disaster management cell of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) received a call about the collapse at 8.40 am.

11:53 AM: Bhendi Bazaar building collapse: Death toll rises to seven, 15 injured.

11:45 AM: WATCH- Mumbai building collapse; see visuals

11:33 AM: The building, located at Pakmodia street near JJ Hospital, with 12 rooms and six godowns on the ground floor, crumbled at around 8:30 am.

11:28 AM: According to fire brigade sources present at the spot, “There were around nine families staying in the building. Thirty people are feared trapped.”

11:23 AM: “Our disaster management cell received a call at 8.40 am about the collapse. We immediately rushed fire brigade personnel to the site to rescue the trapped people. We fear that several people are trapped under the debris,” a senior official of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) said.

11:18 AM: The incident occurred two days after the city was pummelled by torrential rains, which is may have caused damage to the building.

11:16 AM: 4 dead and 13 injured in Bhendi Bazar building collapse; rescue operation is underway, ANI reported.

11:14 AM: WATCH- Eye witness’ account

11:12 AM: It is not known whether the building was on the list of dangerous structures under the MCGM limits.

11:10 AM: The building, located at Pakmodia street near JJ Hospital, with 12 rooms and six godowns on the ground floor, crumbled at around 8:30 am.

11:08 AM: According to fire brigade sources present at the spot, “There were around nine families staying in the building. Thirty people are feared trapped.”

11:06 AM: Mumbai has been receiving heavy rains since Tuesday disrupting the normal life of the people. The city received over 300 mm rain on August 29 alone, almost touching the July 26, 2005 deluge.

11:04 AM: 791 buildings have been identified as the ‘most dangerous’ in its pre-monsoon survey.

11:02 AM: Total 12 people have been rescued out of which 5 are critically injured; rescue operation is underway.

11:00 AM: A 45-member team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is carrying out the rescue operation with the help of Fire personnel.

10:58 AM: WATCH- Mumbai building collapse: Here is what we know so far

10:55 AM: The disaster management cell of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) received a call at 8.40 am about the collapse.

10:53 AM: “We immediately rushed fire brigade personnel to the site to rescue the trapped people. We fear that several people are trapped under the debris,” a senior MCGM official said.

10:51 AM: WATCH- NDRF team has reached the spot.

10:49 AM: While Congress said the building should have been vacated, this is disastrous, BJP said that rescue operation is underway and officials are present at the site.

10:47 AM: Ambulances, fire brigade and NDRF team deployed at Bhendi Bazar building collapse site

10:45 AM: Amid fears that many people are trapped under the rubble, the rescuers have pulled out three persons alive so far.

10:44 AM: Confirming this, DCP, Zone I, Manoj Sharma said while three people are rescued, the exact number of people trapped is not known immediately.

10:42 AM: Three killed in Mumbai building collapse, 12 injured rushed to JJ Hospital: fire department sources to PTI

10:40 AM: Bhendi Bazar building collapse site: 30-35 people feared trapped

10:38 AM: WATCH- People are being rescued after building collapses in Mumbai

10:35 AM: “Our disaster management cell received a call at 8.40 am about the collapse. We immediately rushed fire brigade personnel to the site to rescue the trapped people. We fear that several people are trapped under the debris,” a senior Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) official said.

10:32 AM: He said the exact number of people staying in the building and those trapped cannot be confirmed immediately.

10:30 AM: Search and rescue operations are underway with the help of local residents. It is also not known whether the building was on the list of dangerous structures under the MCGM limits.

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