The search and rescue operation is underway at the area and four fire tenders are present at the spot.
A portion of Bhanushali building at Fort in South Mumbai collapsed on July 16 following heavy rain. Several persons are feared trapped under debris.
The search and rescue operation is underway at the area. Eight fire engines, some rescue vehicles and ambulances were rushed to the spot. The rescue team is trying to ascertain if anyone was trapped under the debris, a civic official told news agency PTI.
Shiv Sena MP from Mumbai South Arvind Sawant told ANI, "I have heard that repair work was underway at the building. The families still in the building will be evacuated."
Meanwhile, Mumbai's municipal body BMC has said that the building was vacated by MHADA (Maharashtra Housing & Area Development Authority) and repair work was in progress; yet some people were residing in it.
Besides, several people are stranded in the part of the building which is intact as staircases were blocked, officials said. Stranded people were being rescued using ladders.The city has been receiving heavy rainfall over the last two days.
Mumbai: People from Bhanushali building at Fort being rescued by the fire department, after a portion of the building collapsed today. A team of NDRF moved to the spot. pic.twitter.com/8b2eqZNhhP
— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2020
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray as well as Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar visited the spot.Two people were rescued from the debris and admitted
to hospital, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official told media persons.Elsewhere in Mumbai, two persons died and 13 others were injured
when a portion of a 'chawl' (a building containing tenements)collapsed in suburban Malvani area. A BMC official said that the injured were sent to a private hospital in Malad East and discharged after treatment.