Death toll in India building collapse rises to 32

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-01 15:23:13|Editor: Song Lifang
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NEW DELHI, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- With the recovery of more bodies from the debris overnight, the death toll in a building collapse in India's financial capital Mumbai Friday rose to 32.

"Some 32 people are now confirmed dead in the incident, while 15 injured are being treated at a hospital, where the condition of few are said to be serious. The injured include five fire brigade officials and a disaster management official," a senior police official said.

Nearly 50 people have been rescued alive from the rubble of the five-storied building that collapsed in Mumbai's Bhendi Bazaar area Thursday morning.

"Rescue and relief operations are still underway as three to four persons are still feared to be trapped under the debris. Earthmovers are also being used to find any more survivors in the mishap," the official said.

Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis visited the spot Thursday and announced a compensation of 500,000 rupees (7,000 U.S. dollars) for the families of each of those killed.

He also said the entire medical expenses of those injured will be borne by the state government. "A probe has been ordered into the building collapse. Action will be taken in case of any negligence," he told the media.

The building, which was over 100 years old and home to 11 families and a sweet shop on the ground floor, collapsed two days after Mumbai and its adjoining areas were lashed by heaviest rain in 12 years on Tuesday.

On Saturday, a building being demolished in Mumbai's Chandivali crashed, killing at least six people. And in July this year, 17 people were killed when a four-story building in the city crumbled during renovations.