Mumbai building collapse death toll rises to 33, search ops called off

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Sep 2017 07:45:51






Sept 1,


RESCUERS on Friday called off operations at the Mumbai building collapse site believing that no more persons were trapped under the debris, over 24 hours after the tragedy killed 33 people, including a 20-day-old child. The 117-year-old building in the congested Bhendi Bazar area in south Mumbai came crashing down on Thursday morning, two days after torrential rain brought the maximum city to its knees.

“Rescue operations have been called off as it does not seem that anybody else still remains trapped under the debris. However, some fire brigade personnel along with the police team will remain at the site as a precautionary measure,” a senior fire brigade official told PTI. Personnel of fire brigade, NDRF and the civic body have scoured the debris left by the crash of the five-story building, pulling3 out the dead and injured.

Around 14 people injured in the collapse are undergoing treatment at the state-run J J Hospital, a senior police official said.“A total of 33 people have died, including a 20-day old male child. Apart from these, 14 are currently admitted in hospital, out which 11 are residents of the building. Two persons are in a critical state,” Dr T P Lahane, Dean of JJ hospital told PTI. Three fire brigade personnel are also admitted, he said. The dead include 23 men, nine women and a 20-day-old male child, police said.

Earlier in the day, police sources had put the toll at 34, which was later corrected as 33. The search operations had continued through last night.Located in the congested Muslim-dominated Pakmodia Street, the dilapidated Husaini Building housed several families and godowns. It also housed a play school but children had not arrived yet when the tragedy occurred. The tragedy struck barely two days after torrential rain brought the city to its knees, crippling road, rail and air services, inundating homes and leaving at least 10 people dead.