Mumbai building collapse: Death toll rises to 14, bringing machines to site major challenge

Mumbai: The death toll in the collapse of four-storeyed Kesarbai building in Mumbai’s Dongri area rose to 14.

The NDRF officials confirmed the rise in the death toll on Wednesday and said the rescue operation is still underway. While rescuing people trapped in the rubble of Kesarbai building in south Mumbai’s Dongri area, bringing machines to the spot is one of the major challenges being faced as JCB machine cannot enter the overcrowded area due to narrow lanes.

The building collapsed at 11 am on Tuesday on Tandel Street in Dongri area. So far, nine people have been injured in the incident. The NDRF is currently carrying out search and rescue operation with the help of sniffer dogs.

Fadnavis announces compensation of Rs 5 lakh 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of those who died in the building collapse in Mumbai’s Dongri area a day earlier.

He also announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 for the injured. All medical expenses of the injured will be borne by the state government.

Fadnavis has also called a meeting Wednesday to discuss the building collapse in Dongri. 

Housing Minister RV Patil and officers from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, and other concerned departments will attend the meeting.