Death toll rises in Mumbai building collapse

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At least 12 people died and up to 30 others were feared trapped after a building collapsed in Mumbai on Thursday.

A four-level building gave way in the early morning after the city suffered two days of torrential rain. The housing block lies in a densely-populated area of India’s financial hub and is thought to be home to at eight families.

“We are still on the lookout for more missing persons and the number may go up,” Santosh Kadam, spokesman for disaster control in Thane, told news agency AFP.

Emergency workers using diggers pulled 15 survivors out of the rubble. They were rushed to hospital.

The building housed a sweet shop warehouse on the ground floor, and cramped apartments on the upper floors.

More background

– Heavy monsoon rains have inundated India, Bangladesh and Nepal in recent weeks, killing more than 1,200 people in floods.

– Building collapses are commonplace in India, especially during the monsoon season.

– Mumbai in particular has suffered a host of deadly incidents in recent years, mainly due to aging and poorly-constructed buildings. 

– In July, 17 people were killed when a building gave way. 

– In 2013, the city suffered one of its worst housing disasters when 60 people died after a residential tower collapsed.

Floods in India, Nepal

aw, rt/ng (AFP, Reuters, AP, dpa)

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