Bhiwandi building collapse: Rescue operation called off; 41 dead, owner booked for culpable homicide

Bhiwandi building collapse: Rescue operation called off; 41 dead, owner booked for culpable homicide

Bhiwandi building collapse

NDRF and Fire brigade carry out rescue operation after a three-storeyed building collapsed, at Bhiwandi in Thane district, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. &nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspPTI

Key Highlights

  • The death toll in Bhiwandi building collapse has rise to 41, NDRF still at the spot as the rescue operation continues
  • Two civic officials in connection with the collapse and a case has been registered against the building owner

Bhiwandi, Maharashtra: The death toll in the Bhiwandi building collapse in Maharashtra has risen to 41, the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) announced on Thursday. The incident took place on September 21 and the rescue operation that was underway for nearly three days has been called off.

As per the news agency ANI, as many as 25 people have been rescued so far. The three-storey building collapsed around 3:40 am on Monday in the Patel Compound area in Thane district. Soon after the incident, the NDRF, fire brigade, and police teams had reached the spot and carried out rescue operations.

On Wednesday, the police had stated that the death toll in the Bhiwandi building collapse had risen to 39, with the recovery of 14 more bodies overnight. However, two more bodies were recovered today morning, taking the death toll to 41. 

The dead include 18 children in the age group of two to 15, including three toddlers, an official said. Twenty-five persons were pulled out of the debris alive and they are being treated at hospitals in Bhiwandi and Thane, he said.

He had further said that the search operation had continued throughout the night despite heavy rains.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the loss of lives in the incident.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi had on Monday said, “Saddened by the building collapse in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected.”

Two civic officials suspended

Taking action over the incident, the authorities have suspended two civic officials in connection with the collapse and a case has been registered against the building owner. The building, which was not even in the list of dilapidated structures of Municipal Corporation, had 40 flats and around 150 persons lived there.

The building had collapsed while the residents were asleep. Teams of NDRF and personnel of the Thane Disaster Response Force (TDRF) reached the spot and initiated rescue and relief operation that is still underway, an official said.

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