One person died and four were injured after a portion of a building collapsed in Bhiwandi’s Rasulbagh area on Tuesday night.
The deceased has been identified as 25-year-old Khairunnisa Ismail Sayyad. The four injured include a 10-year-old and an elderly woman.
According to reports, the three-storey building, located in Khoni village, was constructed illegally. It was empty at the time when one of its walls fell on an adjacent chawl trapping the victims.
Houses in the vicinity of the building were vacated as a rescue operation was launched with help from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Fire brigades joined the rescue effort.
All those trapped were rescued in the operation last night.
Maharashtra PWD Minister Eknath Shinde blamed the builder for the mishap.
Speaking to reporters about the incident, Shinde said that the building was constructed six years ago and but was apparently “not constructed well”.
“It has collapsed due to builder’s negligence that claimed one life. Strict action will be taken,” he said.
The Bhiwandi incident comes days after a building collapse in Ghaziabad near the national capital left one dead and six others injured. On 17 July, two buildings collapsed in Greater Noida’s Shahberi Beri village, killing nine people.
On 23 July, a two-storey residential building near Sealdah’s Baithakkhana Bazar area in Kolkata collapsed killing two and injuring one.
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The collapse of the building, identified as a ‘dangerous building’ by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) a couple of years ago, was triggered by heavy rains.