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25 die, 35 hurt in Mumbai as 117-year-old building falls

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | BHAGWAN PARAB
Published Sep 1, 2017, 1:09 am IST
Updated Sep 1, 2017, 2:52 am IST
According to civic officials, the building, which was constructed before 1940, was a grade A cessed building.
Fire brigade and NDRF personnel carry out search and rescue operations following the collapse of a building at Pakmodiya Street in South Mumbai on Thursday. (Photo: PTI)
 Fire brigade and NDRF personnel carry out search and rescue operations following the collapse of a building at Pakmodiya Street in South Mumbai on Thursday. (Photo: PTI)

Mumbai: The spate of building collapses continues in Mumbai this monsoon, as a 117-year old six-storey building in Bhendi Bazaar collapsed on Thursday morning, killing 25 people and leaving 35 injured. About 10 persons are still feared to be trapped under the debris as rescue operations continued till late Thursday night.

The Husaini Mahal building, which is located on Pakmodia Street in south Mumbai, came down like a pack of cards at 8.30 in the morning, trapping residents under the rubble. Besides the families who resided there, the building also housed a sweet shop, a food kitchen and a play school on the ground floor.

 

According to civic officials, the building, which was constructed before 1940, was a grade A cessed building. It had been declared dangerous by Mhada and notices were issued to residents to vacate the building way back in 2011. 

Due to fire in the debris, caused from the hotel kitchen on the ground floor, the entire area was covered with smoke, which also posed a hindrance in rescue work and may have suffocated victims trapped, said fire officials. Five firemen and one NDRF man received injuries in the line of duty. According to local residents, the death toll could have been higher had the collapse taken place an hour later. “There was a playschool in the ground floor which starts at 9.30 am. Had the collapsed happened after it started, the casualties would have been very high,” said local resident Ammar Razvi.

 

Missing doctor’s body washes ashore after two days
The body of gastroenterologist Dr Deepak Amrapurkar, who went missing two days ago when torrential rains flooded most parts of the city, was recovered on Thursday morning by Coast Guard divers from Worli seashore where drain waters get discharged. 

The police, the BMC and the National Disaster Response Force suspect the body was washed ashore after Dr Amrapurkar, 58, fell into a manhole. They believe he was walking through flooded streets to reach his Prabhadevi-based residence from his workplace, Bombay Hospital in south Mumbai. 

 

The doctor had abandoned his car and decided to walk a stretch of 10 minutes from near the Elphinstone Road railway station, while returning home. Dr Amrapurkar’s body was identified by the wristwatch he was wearing.

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