8 dead, dozens injured in separate building collapse incidents at Fort, Malad

8 dead, dozens injured in separate building collapse incidents at Fort, Malad
Six people died in the collapse of the six-storey Bhanushali Building in Fort (pictured above) while two people lost their lives in the collapse of a chawl in Malad’s Malvani area

Eight people died and around 30 others were injured in two separate incidents of building collapse in Mumbai’s Fort and Malad areas on Thursday. Both incidents were purportedly caused due to the torrential downpour.

In the first case, a ground plus two-storey building collapsed in Malad’s Malvani area at 2:35 pm. The structure was located at Plot No.8B near the Collector Compound in Malvani, Malad (West).

At least 15 persons were rescued from the debris and sent to Hayat Private Hospital in Malad (East).

Of them, two persons – identified as Faizal Wahid Sayyad (18) and Anjum Shahabuddin Shaikh (23) – died in the mishap. The remaining 13 were treated and discharged.

Mumbai Suburban District Guardian Minister Aditya Thackeray, who visited the Malad site, said each of the victim families would be given a compensation of Rs 400,000, while the families of the injured will get Rs 5,000 besides treatment.

In the second incident, the 80-year-old Bhanushali Building in South Mumbai collapsed at 4:43 pm. The ground plus six-storey structure is located near Lucky house in Fort area.

Two persons died immediately after a corner portion of the building collapsed while three others succumbed to their injuries by midnight. A 62-year-old woman, who was rushed to the state-run J J Hospital early Friday morning, was declared brought dead.

Five of the deceased have been identified as Kusum Gupta (45), Jyotsna Gupta (50), Padmalal Gupta (51), Kiran Mishra (35), Maniben Fariya (62). The identity of the remaining victim, a 50-year-old woman, is still not known.

Around 15 people were injured, but most were treated and discharged. Three persons are still injured, of which the condition of a 17-year-boy is critical.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, Municipal Commissioner I. S. Chahal, and several other senior ministers and officials visited the spot to take stock of the situation later in the day.

As of Friday morning, teams from Mumbai Fire Brigade and NDRF are still conducting search and rescue operations at the site.

The owner of the MHADA cessed building had reportedly got Intimation of Disapproval (IOD) and Commencement Certificate (CC) to carry out the redevelopment of the building, but the work was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, Mayor Kishori Pednekar has warned of strict action against building owners if they are found violating any norms.

“We will take strict action against the building owners if they are found violating the laws and book them for culpable homicide not amounting to murder,” she said.

The incidents took place a day after two people were injured after a portion of a house at Pavwala Street in Mumbai’s Grant Road area collapsed.

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