Eight critically injured in Mumbai building collapse
At least eight persons were critically injured after a building collapsed in Mumbai on Monday.
Rescue teams quickly swung into action for the salvage operations and tried to clear the debris with an aim to save those who were trapped under the wreckage.
According to police, cracks developed in the building after which the evacuation process began, however the building collapsed midway.
"At about 9 am cracks developed in this building and immediately people in the building were told to vacate. As the process was on, the second and first floor collapsed. Six people have been seriously injured and reportedly one woman has died. Another woman is trapped and rescue operations are on to save her," said police officer Arun Mane.
The injured have been admitted in a nearby hospital, while it is feared that a few people are still trapped under the rubble.
Fire fighters at the site added that investigations are on to determine the cause of the collapse.
"As soon as we came here, we began our rescue operations. We have been successful in rescuing most victims. Our staff is trying their best. Our investigation team is also here and they will look into the matter," said Deputy fire officer of the Mumbai fire brigade, Shashikant Kale.
Many Indian buildings do not conform to safety regulations, with owners constructing extra floors or structures without approval from the concerned authorities and beyond the sanctioned floor space index (FSI) or floor area ratio (FAR).