At least two people died and five were injured after a four-storey building collapsed in Shanti Nagar area of Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi city in the early hours of Saturday.
The deceased were identified as Siraj Ahmed Ansari (25) and Akhib Ansari (22).
The NDRF and fire brigade were pressed into action a little after midnight to conduct rescue operations.
"The building named ‘Manahara’, located at Pirani Pada in Shantinagar area, was very old and dilapidated. On Friday night, some residents noticed cracks in the structure, following which evacuation process was initiated post-midnight," chief of Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) of Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) Santosh Kadam was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
"However, even after the evacuation, some residents returned to the building, after which it collapsed around 1.30 am. Two persons died in the crash and their bodies were recovered from the debris," he added.
Work of clearing the debris is still underway.