A dilapidated building collapsed in Dongri of Mumbai this morning and around 50 people are believed to have got trapped under the debris. While the Government is yet to react seriously over the incident, the locals and the NDRF teams are trying to rescue people from the debris. 2 people have been rescued and there are unconfirmed reports that 12 have died under the debris.

The locals are helping the people from Government agencies in clearing the debris. The building is a land and it is getting difficult for the vehicles or any other machinery to move around for clearing the debris.

A cutter has been pressed into service with great difficulty for cutting the rods of pillars in the building. The redevelopment of the building was in fact ordered in 2012 but so far nothing was done.

Chief Minister Fadnavis stated that the building was a hundred years old. Because of the narrow bylanes and rescue and relief operations are going on at a snail’s pace. The injured were admitted to JJ hospital. By noon just 10 per cent of the debris was cleared and the other 80 per cent is yet to be cleared. Even there is no space for the ambulance to move in.

The BMC is also in no position to assess the situation here.