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Mumbai building collapse toll rises to 14

Thursday, July 18, 2019
By A Staff Reporter

A day after a four-storey building in South Mumbai's Dongri area collapsed, the death toll in the collapse has gone up to 14. This comes even as rescue-and-search operations by NDRF and Mumbai Fire Brigade were underway for those trapped under the debris.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office, in a statement to the media, said that the Maharashtra Government has announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh for the kin of those killed in the incident and Rs. 50,000 for the injured. “All the medical expenses of the injured will be borne by the Government of Maharashtra,” the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.

While the residents of the locality are still gripped in fear of the condition of the building in their locality, even after several complaints to the MHADA and other concerned government authorities.

“So far, 14 people — seven men, four women and three children — have lost their lives. Nine others were injured, they are being provided medical treatment,” National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) spokesperson Sachidanand Gawde said.

He said the search-and-rescue operations continued throughout the night and were still on. “It (search-and-rescue operations) will go on till the last piece of rubble is removed from the spot,” Gawde said.

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