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Collapse! A monsoon tragedy

Monday, July 17, 2017
By Narendra Gupta. Photographs By Santosh Gupta

Three days of heavy rain has brought an onslaught of pain to Mumbai. Amongst the stories rising like vapour from the city streets is one of tragedy. A landslide took lives and injured people on the slopes of Maharal Village in Ulhasnagar in the early hours of yesterday morning. Illegal construction does not stand a chance against the Mumbai rains.

Two dead in landslide

Two people died and four others were injured after an under construction house collapsed on another at Ulhasnagar hill side. The fire official said the house collapsed due to a land slide and directly fell on another house whose residents were sleeping.

The incident occurred at Maharal village in Ulhasnagar on Sunday 6.30 am.  

The deceased have been identified as Saifuddin Shaikh and Mohmmad Shaikh while the four injured are Parvesh Basraj Singh, Firdoush Shaikh, Nilam Parvesh Singh, Khusbu Shaikh. The injured people have been taken to Central hospital where they are undergoing treatment.

Sunil Shirsagar fire officer said, "We got to know about the collapse at 6.20am. We formed a team of 7 fire officers and rushed to the spot and started a rescue operation for those trapped inside the debris".

 All chawl homes on the hill are illegal structures.The landslide took place due to three days of heavy rain in the area.

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