At least ten persons were killed and 20 people injured, some of them
seriously, when a portion of a four-storeyed building in Kalva of
Thane district collapsed this evening, police said.
It could not be immediately
ascertained how many people were buried under the debris, they said.
A joint rescue and relief operation by the police and fire fighters
is on. Heavy rains since evening, however, are affecting the rescue
operation, fire brigade officials said.
The 40-year-old building had developed cracks following tremors
early this morning, police said, adding some of the inmates had
shifted to other places fearing collapse.
The building had two wings with 16
tenements on each side, of which one portion came down, they said.