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Death Toll in Mumbai Building Collapse Mounts to 34

Rescue officers said that nine more bodies were pulled out from the debris in the Bhendi Bazaar building collapse in the overnight search and rescue operations. The deceased include 24 men and nine women.

Updated:September 1, 2017, 9:38 AM IST
Death Toll in Mumbai Building Collapse Mounts to 34
Search and rescue works in Bhendi Bazaar (Getty Images)
Mumbai: At least 34 people were killed after a 125-year-old building collapsed in the congested Bhendi Bazaar in south Mumbai on Thursday.

The officials said that efforts are currently underway to rescue more people that may still be trapped in debris of the building that collapsed on Thursday.

They added that another nine people were rescued with injuries from the debris and admitted to the JJ Hospital.

Six officials of the fire department and one from the NDRF also suffered injuries in the operation.

The officials said that eight fire engines, one rescue van and ambulances have been are at the collapse site to assist the personnel in rescue operations.

The tragedy struck barely two days after torrential rain brought the city to its knees, crippling road, rail and air services, inundating homes and leaving at least 10 people dead. Many suspect the downpour caused further damage to the ramshackle structure, causing its crash.

(With PTI inputs)

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