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Death Toll in Bhiwandi Building Collapse in Maharashtra Rises to 37, Including 15 Children

Several people are feared trapped after a 3-storey building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi today. (Photo: ANI)

Several people are feared trapped after a 3-storey building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi today. (Photo: ANI)

Two civic officials have been suspended in connection with the collapse and an offence has been registered against the building owner.

The death toll in the Bhiwandi building collapse in Maharashtra climbed to 39 on Wednesday, with rescue operations continuing for more than 24 hours since the incident took place. The dead include 15 children in the age group of two to 15, including three toddlers.

Twenty-five persons have been rescued out of the debris so far, police said. They are being treated at hospitals in Bhiwandi and Thane, an official told news agency PTI. The search efforts continued throughout the night amid heavy downpour.

The bodies recovered from the debris were mutilated and highly decomposed as they had remained there for over 50 hours, he said.

Two civic officials have been suspended in connection with the collapse and an offence has been registered against the building owner, the official said. The building in the powerloom town, which is situated around 10 km from Thane, had 40 apartments and nearly 150 persons were residing there, an official said. The Municipal Commissioner of Bhiwandi, Dr Pankaj Asiya had earlier told News18 that a notice was issued to get the three-decade-old building repaired.

Satya Pradhan, the chief of the National Disaster Response Force said in a tweet on Wednesday, that NDRF teams were continuing the rescue operations and a sum of approximately Rs 35 lakh has been recovered from under the debris, which has been handed over to the police.

The building, located at Narpoli's Patel Compound near Dhamankar Naka, collapsed while the residents were asleep. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)and personnel of the Thane Disaster Response Force (TDRF) are still at the spot as the search operation continues, he said.

The building was not in the list of dilapidated structures of the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation, he added.

(With PTI inputs)


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