A 100 year Arsiwala building on Maulana Shaukat Ali Road collapsed this morning in Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar Area.

A minimum of six people have died after the five-storey building collapsed. Four people have been rescued from the rubble but there are still 20 more trapped in the debris. In the process, two bodies were pulled out from the rubble and the third victim was later declared dead when brought to the hospital.

On the vent of the collapse of the building, the rescue teams were immediately informed and they rushed to the site immediately. A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) reached the spot and so did the 10 fire engines.

The police informed that nine families were living in the old and dilapidated Arsiwala building which is located in the busy marketplace and in a congested lane, but the police have cordoned the area around it.

A municipal officer informed that they received a call that the building had collapsed at 8.40 am. “We immediately rushed fire brigade personnel to the site to rescue the trapped people. We fear that several people are trapped under the debris,” the municipal official said.

The building collapsed two days after torrential rains pounded Mumbai throughout the day on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear whether the building was on the list of dangerous structures under the MCGM limits.

However, the police suspected that due to the mar of the heavy downpur in the city, it could have weakened the building, which is located in city’s Dongri neighbourhood, some buildings in the vicinity are nearly a century old.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced Rupees 5 lacs as compensation amount to be given to that families of those who died in the collapse of the building.

BMC Commissioner and equivalent senior officials have assured to persnally investigate the matter. Also, the state government has taken the responsibility of getting the medical treatment done for those who were injured in the accident.

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