The 36-year-old ground plus three-storey Jilani building in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra collapsed on the wee hours of Monday while the residents are asleep. While around 62 residents were fear trapped in the debris, the death toll so far reached to 33 including 15 children.
Rescue operations by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Thane, Bhiwandi disaster cell continue as the rescue teams of Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation (BNCMC) speculated that around twenty to twenty-five people are still trapped inside the debris.
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While the building reportedly came crashing down at around 3.30 am in the morning, the rescue operations took a halt for 30 minutes on Tuesday morning as the team had to manage and balance the slab of the third floor. The injured are being rushed to the Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) hospital in Bhiwandi.
According to the locals who joined hands with the rescue teams, recovering mutilated bodies from the debris has become a tedious job with heavy slabs on them amidst heavy rain. “Chances of surviving inside the debris is less. We are working in shifts and trying to pull out them,” said the NDRF deputy commandant who is leading the rescue operation.
Shockingly, the building was not in the list of dilapidated structures of the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation. Upon which, two civic officials have been suspended in connection with the collapse and an offence has been registered against the building owner.