Raigad building collapse: Death toll rises to 12 with recovery of 11 bodies, rescue operations continue

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Updated: Aug 25, 2020 7:55 PM

A total of three teams of the NDRF and 12 teams of the fire brigade are at the spot. Tarek Garden, the five-storey building, was about 10 years old and had over 45 flats. The rescued persons have been shifted to a local hospital at Mahad.

Raigad building collapse: The incident took place in Kajalpura area of Raigad at 7 PM on Monday.

The death toll in Raigad building collapse has mounted to 12 and several others are still trapped. According to National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), a search and rescue operation is currently underway. Officials said that seven bodies were found in the last two hours in the debris. More than 60 people have been rescued since yesterday.

The five storey building collapsed on Monday. According to Raigad District Superintendent of Police Anil Paraskar, eight persons have been rescued from the debris. The incident took place in Kajalpura area of Raigad at 7 PM on Monday.

A total of three teams of the NDRF and 12 teams of the fire brigade are at the spot. Tarek Garden, the five-storey building, was about 10 years old and had over 45 flats. The rescued persons have been shifted to a local hospital at Mahad.

The rescue officials pulled out a four-year-old alive from the debris this afternoon. A video showed them bursting into cheers when the boy was found.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was saddened by the incident and assured all help to the state government in the rescue operation.

“Saddened by the building collapse in Mahad, Raigad in Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their dear ones. I pray the injured recover soon. Local authorities and NDRF teams are at the site of the tragedy, providing all possible assistance,” he tweeted.

An official at the Mantralaya State Control Room of the State Disaster Management Unit said that the building collapsed at Kajalpura in Mahad tehsil.

Home Minister Amit Shah described the incident as tragic and said that he has spoken to SN Pradhan, the chief of the disaster response force, to provide all possible assistance. “The collapse of a building in Raigad, Maharashtra is very tragic. Have spoken to DG NDRF HQ to provide all possible assistance, teams are on the way and will be assisting with the rescue operations as soon as possible. Praying for everyone’s safety,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the contractor of the building, Yunus Shaikh, and the architect.

“The contractor is responsible for the disaster and a case has been registered against him. Also, if any government officials are involved in this, strict action will be taken against them,” minister Eknath Shinde, who visited the site on Monday, said. Shinde said that a probe into the incident will begin after the rescue operations are over.

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