Ten people were killed and 14 injured when a three-story building in Mumbra, an outer suburb of Mumbai, India, collapsed early Friday, leading television channel IBN Live reported.
A two-month-old baby was among those killed in the building collapse, which was deemed unsafe by authorities, Daily News & Analysis reported.
Relief and rescue operations were launched soon after police rushed to the scene at around 2.30 a.m. local time (5:00 p.m. EDT). Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force, or NDRF, were engaged in search and rescue operations, leading television channel NDTV reported.
Several residents are still believed to be trapped under the debris of the 35-year-old building.
“We got a call from Mumbra around 2.30 a.m. and four fire engines were rushed to the spot. The rescue work is on,” a fire officer told DNA.
"Though the building was declared dangerous by the Thane Municipal Corporation, or TMC, it had nine families staying in it. The ground floor had shops while the second floor was empty. The families stayed on the first and third floor,” he added.
Reports claim that residents of the building were served an eviction notice by civic authorities a while ago. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
Two months ago, another building collapsed in Mumbra, allegedly due to unsafe building practices, claiming the lives of 74 people and injuring 60 others.