Several people are feared trapped under the debris after a corner portion of an old six-storey building collapsed in south Mumbai's Fort area on Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Many more are suspected to be stranded in another part of the building which is intact but whose staircases were blocked, officials added. Those stranded were being rescued using ladders, reports said.
The city has been receiving heavy rainfall over the last two days.
As much as 30 to 40 per cent part of the ground-plus- five storey Bhanushali Building on Mint Road collapsed around 4.45 pm.
Two people were rescued from the debris and admitted to hospital, said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official.
Mumbai: People from Bhanushali building at Fort being rescued by the fire department, after a portion of the building collapsed today. A team of NDRF moved to the spot. pic.twitter.com/8b2eqZNhhP— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2020
Eight fire engines, two rescue vans and ambulances were rushed to the spot and search and rescue operation was on, he added.
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar also visited the spot.
The building had been partly vacated for repairs by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), BMC sources said.
Elsewhere in Mumbai, at least four people were injured when a portion of a `chawl' (a building containing tenements) collapsed in suburban Malvani area on Thursday.
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