At least 35 people were killed when a multi-storey building under construction collapsed near the Indian city of Mumbai, police said Friday.
Fire and police teams rescued over 40 people from the debris of the building that collapsed in the Thane area on the outskirts of the western coastal city late Thursday Thirteen children, 11 men and 11 women were killed and more people could be trapped under the rubble, local police inspector Digambar Jangle said. Many of the victims were migrant labourers, DPA reported.
Police said 59 injured people were being treated at local hospitals.
The death toll could increase as several people have been critically injured, Jangle said. Besides, more bodies are being taken out in the rescue operations which continue on Friday.
Government officials have said the seven-storey building was put up in six weeks without any of the required licences. Four floors were already occupied, police said. Three more floors had been completed and work was ongoing to add an eighth floor, according to the agency.
The building came up in one and a half months, so naturally the construction will be poor, the state Labour Minister Ganesh Naik told reporters. This building had no occupation certificate. It doesn't have an architect or a structural consultant.