A three-storey building in Bhiwandi, a city in India’s Maharashtra state collapsed early Monday; at least 10 people have died and several remain trapped, APA reports citing Sputnik.
The incident occurred in Bhiwandi’s Patel Compound area around 3.40 a.m. local time on Monday. The city of over 700 thousand is located 15 km from India’s 'financial capital', Mumbai.
While the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team, along with the fire brigade and police, are carrying out rescue operations, heartbreaking pictures and videos of the fatal accident have made it to social networking platforms.
The 40-year old building reportedly accommodated around 20 families. A notice had been issued by a civic body to vacate the building, which was on a dangerous building list, Bhiwandi-Nizampura City Municipal Corporation commissioner Pankaj Ashiya said, as quoted by The Times of India on Monday.