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  • Haresh Parshuram Yetal

12 people died in building collapse in Mumbai's Malad on June 9

The city of Mumbai reported its first unfortunate incident of the current monsoon season on June 9, 2021 in which at least 12 people lost their lives. In this dreadful event a ground-plus-three-floor residential building collapsed on an adjoining two-storey house at Malwani in Malad, Mumbai. The deceased included a family of nine members with six children in it. It was the first downpour of the monsoon in Mumbai which brought such a misfortune for the residents of Malwani, Malad.

The incident took place at around 11.10 pm on June 9 (Wednesday) at the New Collector Compound on Abdul Hamid Road in Malwani area of Malad, Mumbai. Local residents immediately informed the concerned authorities about this incident. After receiving the information, fire brigade, police, civic authorities and rescue teams were rushed to the spot and a thorough rescue operation was carried out which continued for 12 hours till 1 pm on June 10. Apart from 12 deaths, seven others received injuries in this mishap. The injured victims were shifted to the hospital for medical assistance.

According to the local authorities, Malwani area is one of the major slum clusters in Mumbai and it has several two-three storey illegal structures. These houses are also not built properly. There were at least 25 people living in the two structures which collapsed. Two more houses adjacent to the collapsed building were also damaged. Rescue teams faced difficulties to bring machinery at the incident location as the lanes leading to the building were very narrow.

Maharashtra Government has announced ₹5 lakh ex-gratia for the family of the deceased and ₹50,000 for those injured in the collapse. Similarly, the cost of the treatment of victims will also be covered by state government. Furthermore, Malwani Police have registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, under relevant sections of the IPC against the owner of the collapsed building, Rizwan Siddique. Similarly, the Bombay High Court has ordered a judicial inquiry in this case and criticised the civic corporations and elected representatives for allowing unauthorised structures to come up in their jurisdictions.

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