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    Maharashtra: Death toll rises to 20 in Bhiwandi building collapse; rescue operations ongoing

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    A civic official told that the building, situated at Patel compound of Narpoli near Dhamankar Naka, collapsed at 3.40 AM, while the residents were asleep.

    Maharashtra: Three-storey building collapses in Bhiwandi, 8 dead, 20 feared trapped
    THANE: The death toll in the Bhiwandi building collapse in Maharastra has risen to 20, the Thane Municipal Corporation informed on Tuesday.

    "As of 8 am today morning, the death toll in the Bhiwandi building collapse stands at 20," they said.

    The three-storey building collapsed around 3:40 am on Monday in the Patel compound area in Maharashtra's Thane district.

    Soon after the incident, the NDRF, fire brigade and police teams reached the spot and started carrying out rescue operations.

    President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the loss of lives in the incident.

    The building had 40 flats and around 150 persons lived in it, an official said.

    A civic official told PTI that the building, located at Narpoli's Patel Compound near Dhamankar Naka, collapsed while the residents were asleep.

    A portion of the building collapsed and many occupants were trapped in the debris, a Thane Municipal Corporation official said.

    The building was not in the list of dilapidated structures of the Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation, he said.

    An eyewitness said local residents rushed to the spot immediately after the collapse and helped pull out some persons from the debris.

    The power supply to the locality was snapped as a precautionary measure, the official said, adding the injured have been admitted to local hospitals.

    Bhiwandi DCP Rajkumar Shinde said offences under sections 337,338,304 (2)of the IPC were being registered against the owner of building Sayyed Ahmed Jilani following a complaint by the civic officials after the collapse.

    Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde said the collapse would be probed. He visited the site and announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to the kin of each victim.

    He said 102 "dangerous buildings" in the powerloom town have already been evacuated.

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed pain over the collapse and instructed the administration to ensure proper rescue operation and treatment to the injured, his office said.

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    4 Comments on this Story

    N S34 days ago
    bmc is busy in demolishing kangna house and due to corrupt officers people die in these kind of building
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    Suresh Kamath35 days ago
    These Building collapse in the STATE is SHOCKING and BUILDERS / Contractors be penalized for their use of inferior Materials and poor Architectures and also Local Authority who pass their Structural PLANS Must be JAILED for LIFE and also Check for ALL other standing Structures across the COASTAL AREAS must be thoroughly checked and rectify any FLAWS timely to avoid such Collapse of Building and causing Loss of LIVES
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