14 people were killed and several others injured after a decades-old building collapsed in Dongri area in Mumbai on July 16. The locals first noticed this incident and immediately informed the fire tenders and concerned authorities.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team, ambulances, police officials, fire tenders were present on the spot. The three teams of NDRF carried out the search and rescue operation joined by residents of Dongri, worked through the night to remove blocks of broken concrete and bricks where they rescued 9 people who were trapped under the debris.
On the evening of July 17, the rescue and search operation was called off.
According to the NDRF official, the building collapse was categorized as a “level 2″ incident while level 1 is said to be the most serious under the system that measures the severity of a building collapse.
According to the sources, Heavy machines were unable to reach the collapsed building area for the debris removal work as the lanes with overhead wires dangling were too narrow for them to navigate. The area was also flooded in heavy rain in the previous weeks.
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis has announced compensation of Rs 5 Lakh for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured and the government will look after all the medical expenses of the people who were injured in this tragic incident.
The concerned authorities are investigating in this matter that even after giving permission for redevelopment n the area then why was the redevelopment initiative was delayed.
Note: The collapsed structure was built 40 years ago which was illegal according to the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority. The above-mentioned structure was right next to the 100-year-old Kesarbai building in south Mumbai’s Dongri area where it was home to many families and had been designated a “C1 building” by the concerned authorities in the year 2017. However, it showcases that it was marked for evacuation and demolition after a safety audit, unfortunately, it was left untouched. The next-door Kesarbai building is also marked as the “C1″ and is maintained by the MHADA department and is also dilapidated where it needs urgent repairs. Every monsoon, the structures look close to collapse.
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