Maharashtra: Death toll in Bhiwandi building collapse goes up to 38, rescue operation is on
MUMBAI: The death toll owing to the building collapse in Bhiwandi, has gone up to 38, even as rescue operation is on.
Those who died include 15 minors, among them children as young as two year old and teenagers. Nearly 25 persons were brought out safely from the debris but the figure of deaths kept climbing up.
The Jilani building that had 48 flats, saw almost half of them, collapse. The owner of the multi-storey building, SA Jilani, is yet to be arrested. He is absconding and has been booked, but couldn't be caught. Among those whose identities were established earlier include Najma, Afsana Ansari, Aman Sheikh, Shahid Khan, Asad, Naseema, Arif Sheikh, Nida, Sabia and several others.
Due to the rains, it was tough to conduct relief measures, yet, NDRF team was busy rond the clock, in the work and was conducting the operation to rescue people trapped under the debris. The three-storey building that was contructed nearly 35 years ago, collapsed on Monday.
NOT THE FIRST SUCH INCIDENT OF BUILDING COLLAPSE
This is not the first such incident. In several cities, buildings have collapsed and resulted in entire families wiped out, death of dreams for many survivors, as they had invested all their money in buying an affordable house. Unfortunately, due to rising costs of real estate, people often buy houses in localities where there are fewer permission and construction of low quality.
The result is such horror. Most of the people were asleep, when the incident occurred. Around 150 people lived in this building. Some municipal employees have been suspended while the building owner has been booked. There was shock and grief in the town and large number of people attended last rites of the victims.
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