Death toll in Mumbai building collapse rises to 14

Published: July 17, 2019 13:03:58 | Updated: July 19, 2019 11:30:01

Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, on July 16, 2019 — Reuters photo

The death toll from a building collapse in Mumbai rose to 14, while eight people have been rescued and hospitalised, Mumbai police said Wednesday.

Many people are still feared trapped as the rescue machines and equipments were unable to reach the site due to narrow pathway to the collapsed four-storey building on Tuesday. The death toll is likely to go up further.

Three teams from the National Disaster Response Force are involved in the rescue operation, who have termed it as a level 2 incident, while level 1 is the most serious under the system that measures the severity of a building collapse, according to a Xinhua report.

The adjacent buildings have also been vacated as a precautionary measure and residents have been shifted to a nearby school.

"We have given permission to redevelop that area. We will know after investigation if the redevelopment initiative was delayed. Right now we are focusing on rescuing trapped people," Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told reporters.

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