Eleven people have died and several others are still missing after a residential building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Monday evening. The rescue operation has neen on for more than 22 hours. Seven bodies were found in the last two hours in the debris and over 60 people have been rescued since yesterday according to the officials.
Three teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and 12 teams of the fire brigade are at the spot. The five-storey building, which was about seven years old, had over 45 flats.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning said: “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. Local authorities and NDRF teams are at the site of the tragedy, providing all possible assistance.”
Home-Minister Amit Shah who recently recovered from coronavirus tweeted, “The collapse of a building in Raigad, Maharashtra is very tragic. Have spoken to DG @NDRFHQ to provide all possible assistance, teams are on the way and will be assisting with the rescue operations as soon as possible. Praying for everyone’s safety.”
A case has been registered against the contractor of the building, Yunus Shaikh, and the architect.
“The contractor is responsible for the disaster and a case has been registered against him. Also, if any government officials are involved in this, strict action will be taken against them,” Mr Shinde said.
A probe into the incident will begin after the rescue operations are over.