Mumbai (The Hindu): Eight people died and two were injured when a two-storey building collapsed at Bhiwandi near Thane in Mumbai on Sunday morning.
The dead were identified as Sajjanlal Gupta (60), wife Satyawati Gupta (55), Dhaniram Thakur (45), Rekha Thakur (35), Somvanti Thakur (60), Shivani Thakur (14), Devesh Thakur (9), and Naitik Thakur (3).
Declared ‘most dangerous’
Mahadeo Gupta Building in Hanuman Tekadi, according to sources, was declared ‘most dangerous’, but the residents had decided not to vacate despite repeated pleas and action by the local authorities.
National Disaster Response Force teams from Thane and Kalyan rushed to the spot immediately, while firefighters were carrying out rescue operations.
According to a Bhiwandi civic body spokesman, the occupants were served evacuation notices, following which two of the around five-six families vacated, while the others stayed back. The water connection to the building was disconnected when the occupants refused to vacate and the power supply was also going to be cut soon, the spokesman said.
On July 31, a two-storey building caved in following heavy rain, claiming eight lives and injuring 10 persons.
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