Disasters & Accidents

At least 5 dead, 15 missing in building collapse in western India

New Delhi, Aug 25 (efe-epa)- At least five people were killed, eight injured and 15 missing after a four-story building collapsed in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, an official source told EFE on Tuesday.

The incident occurred late Monday in Raigad district, and rescue teams continue to look for survivors among the 15 people feared to have been trapped in the rubble, according to district administration spokesperson Manoj Shivaji Sanap.

“(We) just now rescued alive a four-year old boy,” said Sanap shortly after midday, adding that the rescue services were working against the clock to find more survivors.

So far the number of casualties are five dead and eight injured, of which “five have got discharged. They are okay now,” he added.

The Director General of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Satya Pradhan, took to Twitter to share the event of the “MIRACLE-CHILD RESCUED ALIVE-God’s Child.”

“Let’s All pray for more miracles,” Pradhan added, and shared a video of the child being extracted from the rubble by several members of the rescue services.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to the social networking site to express his condolences to the families of those affected.

“Saddened by the building collapse in Mahad, Raigad in Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their dear ones. I pray the injured recover soon,” Modi tweeted from the official handle of the Prime Minister’s Office.

“Local authorities and NDRF teams are at the site of the tragedy, providing all possible assistance,” he added.

Fires and building collapses are common in India owing to the often precarious condition of infrastructure and a lack of maintenance, factors that are aggravated by corruption and illegal practices within the construction sector.

Monsoon season only serves to heighten the possibility of collapses, with the prolonged period of intense rain affecting building structures.

Last year, 13 people died when a building collapsed during the monsoon season in the month of July in Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra and considered India’s financial capital.

The same month, a building collapse due to incessant rain in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh claimed 12 lives and injured 30 others.

And a few days before that, torrential rain in Maharashtra caused the deaths of at least 23 people, 14 of them brought about by the collapse of a wall in a shanty area. EFE-EPA


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