Skip to main content

At least 13 dead after Mumbai building collapse; dozens feared trapped

From Neha Sharma and Sumnima Udas, CNN
updated 2:56 PM EDT, Fri September 27, 2013
A rescue worker rests at the site of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, September 28. The five-story building collapsed Friday, September 27, killing 66. Authorities believe a central wall and support beams were removed without permission, causing the collapse. A rescue worker rests at the site of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, September 28. The five-story building collapsed Friday, September 27, killing 66. Authorities believe a central wall and support beams were removed without permission, causing the collapse.
HIDE CAPTION
Mumbai building collapses
Mumbai building collapses
Mumbai building collapses
Mumbai building collapses
Mumbai building collapses
Mumbai building collapses
Mumbai building collapses
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The death toll rises to 13, a hospital spokesman says
  • Dozens of people are feared to be trapped in the rubble
  • The old residential building in southern Mumbai gave way early Friday
  • Around 22 apartments were occupied on the building's upper floors, the owner says

New Delhi (CNN) -- At least 13 people were killed and 26 more were injured when a five-story residential building collapsed in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai early Friday, a hospital spokesman said.

Dozens of people are feared to be trapped in the wreckage of the region's latest building disaster.

"It's a pancake collapse," said Sachidanand Gawde, deputy commandant at the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). "The exact number of those trapped under the debris is not known," he said.

Forty-four people had been pulled from the debris as of Friday, including the deceased, Gawde said.

One of the survivors is an 11-year-old girl who was heard shouting from inside the rubble that she was alive.

"There is a lot of chaos here, but my boys are closely monitoring any noises or movement from under the debris that can lead us to people trapped inside," Gawde said. "We are using latest rescue techniques so that maximum number of lives could be saved."

Around 40 people are feared to be buried in the rubble, CNN's sister network IBN reported, citing the disaster officials.

The building, an old construction in southern Mumbai, gave way around 6 a.m. Friday. Fire engines and ambulances rushed to the scene to carry out rescue efforts, Gawde said.

The first floor of the building was rented out to a decorating firm, but about 22 apartments were occupied on the upper four floors, said Sitaram Kunte, the commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Council, which owns the building.

A spokesman for the council said a notice was issued in April regarding major structural issues with the building.

It underwent renovations at that time, and further repairs were scheduled, spokesman Vijay Khabale Patil said.

The residents were made aware of the situation, but continued to live in the building, he said.

Several buildings in the Mumbai area have crumbled this year, one of them with disastrous consequences.

Mumbai takes on dangerous buildings

In April, scores of people were killed in the collapse of an illegal multistory building in Thane, a city in the Mumbai region.

Deadly collapses have occurred in the city in past years, as well.

Housing rights groups say many old buildings in the city are rundown and neglected, while newer ones are often built using substandard materials and have structural problems.

People live in them because they don't have a choice -- in Mumbai, demand for housing far exceeds supply. About 65% of the population is estimated to live in slums, the groups say.

CNN's Lonzo Cook in New Delhi contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 6:49 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
British PM David Cameron has had the narrowest of political escapes.
updated 9:06 PM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
British journalist John Cantlie hadn't been seen in nearly two years. Now, he's the latest hostage to be paraded out by ISIS.
The burial leader. The hospital gatekeeper. The disease detective. All telling powerful, stories from West Africa.
updated 7:03 PM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Alibaba's IPO is unlike anything investors have ever seen and could threaten other online retailers. Maggie Lake reports.
updated 11:58 PM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Indian PM Narendra Modi has said al Qaeda will fail if it seeks to spread its terror network into his country.
updated 8:01 AM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Put yourself in the shoes (and sixth-century black robes) of ISIS' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the mysterious boss of the terror group.
updated 10:44 AM EDT, Sat September 20, 2014
 Tennis Player Li Na attends the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party as guests enjoy Ciroc Vodka presented by Dubai Duty Free at Kensington Roof Gardens on June 19, 2014 in London,
Asia's first grand slam singles champion Li Na has called time on her 15-year tennis career.
Jenson Button has some of quickest reactions ever shown at an advanced sports lab.
updated 7:24 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Creative companies with quirky ideas find new lending models advantageous.
updated 10:09 AM EDT, Thu September 18, 2014
Even death couldn't part two skeletons excavated from a lost chapel in an English county, found with their fingers entwined.
updated 6:07 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT