The site where part a residential structure collapsed over another in the New Collector compound, Malad West, in Mumbai on Wednesday, June 9. (Satish Bate/HT photo)
11 dead, including 8 children, as building collapses in Mumbai’s Malad
Eleven people died, and seven were injured, when a portion of a ground floor + 3 storey-residential structure fell on an adjoining ground floor+1 structure in Mumbai’s Malad area late on Wednesday night. The dead include eight children. The Maharashtra government has announced an ex-gratia of ₹5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.
The city was hit by heavy monsoon rains all of Wednesday and the officials said the incident occurred at 11.52pm.
The collapsed structure is located inside New Collector’s compound in Malad West. BMC disaster management cell said all 11 deceased have been identified.
The fire brigade, civic authorities, and police were at the site to clear the debris and ensure rescue and relief operations. According to news agency ANI, 18 people were rescued. The injured were shifted to hospital where the condition of 30-year-old Marikumari Hirangana is said to be critical while the other six are stable.
The state government also said it will bear the medical expenses of the injured.Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray condoled the loss of lives and visited the Shatabdi Hospital in the city on Thursday to inquire about the well-being of the survivors, a statement by the chief minister’s office (CMO) said.
Mumbai police said it will register a case under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the owner of the residential structure. “Mumbai Police to register a case under Section 304 (2) of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against the owner of structure that collapsed and the contractor. They had recently made some structural changes after cyclone Tauktae,” Joint Commissioner Police (Law and Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil said.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis has demanded an inquiry into the collapse and sought action against those responsible. In a tweet, Fadnavis said, “Saddened to know loss of lives in Malad building collapse incident in Mumbai. My thoughts are with families who lost loved ones & prayers for speedy recovery of injured. We demand immediate assistance to the families, in-depth inquiry & action against all responsible. #MumbaiRains”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced ₹2 lakh ex-gratia each for the next of kin of the deceased from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. In a condolence message, his office tweeted, “Pained by the loss of lives due to the collapse of a structure in Malad West, Mumbai. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest.”A sum of ₹50,000 would be provided to each of the injured, it said.
(With agency inputs)