Two dead, several hurt as building collapses in Bhiwandi

Bhivandi: At least two persons were killed and several others were injured when a dilapidated four-storey building in Bhiwandi collapsed on Saturday morning, about 40 km north of Mumbai, according to officials.

The injured were rushed to the Indira Gandhi civic hospital. The two deceased were identified as Siraj Anwar Ansari, 26, and Mohammad Aaqib Ansari, 27

According to the Bhiwandi Nizampura City Municipal Corporation (BNCMC) the civic body officials and a fire brigade team evacuated families staying in the said building in Shanti Nagar area soon after residents informed them that the building’s plaster was falling off. The building collapsed around 1.15 am.

“As soon as we came to know about the plaster collapse and cracks developing in the building, we evacuated all the families safely. However, some residents forcefully went inside to remove their belongings and the building collapse,” said Ashok Rankhamb, commissioner of BNCMC.

“The building does not have a name. We will file a FIR against the builder for negligence,” he said.

Two fire officials were also injured in the incident.

A rescue operation by the local police, fire brigade, national disaster response force (NDRF), Thane disaster response force (TDRF) was called off around 9 am, the BNMC commissioner said..

According to BNCMC the building was an illegal structure and was around 10 years old. The civic body also claimed that all 20 families in the building were evacuated safely. But some of the residents forcefully went inside it to remove their belongings when the building collapsed.