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Friday, August 20, 2010 05:30:26 PM, Agencies

10 killed, 20 injured in building collapse in Thane

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. »

800 dangerous structures in Thane

Mumbai: Six people were killed on Thursday when a couple of houses constructed illegally in Akshay Chawl at Mumbra in Thane district came crashing down on shanties below.


The deceased include three women and three children from same family.


An eight-month old baby-girl has miraculously escaped unhurt in the incident.


The deceased are identified as Seema and Amit - aged three and five respectively, and their mother Reema, 28.

The collapse took the life of another five-year-old, Raj, and two other residents, identified as Shanti Yadav and Kapil.


Firemen fear at least five persons are still trapped under the debris, and the death toll could rise.


The chawl is located on the side of Parsik Hill, and as was the case in other collapses, the entire area is dotted with illegal structures and dilapidated buildings, slapped with countless evacuation notices.

Thane Fire Brigade officer S Pardeshi said, “People got trapped after two houses came crashing down. These were shanties which were recently reconstructed into concrete houses.”

A resident, Rafique Shaikh, said, “Tremors around Thane and heavy rains have caused the collapse. It’s a huge tragedy for the Patel family, living in the chawl."

Rajesh Patel was at work and was saved, but his wife and two kids died. Rajesh is just shattered.”

Thane Municipal Commissioner R A Rajeev said, “We have been crying hoarse over illegal structures in the area. We again request people to evacuate them to prevent further casualties.”


The incident occurred on August 19 at around 04:30 in the afternoon barely two days after ten persons were killed when a portion of a four-storeyed building in nearby Kalva collapsed on August 17.


A day after the August 17 incident, the civic body in Thane had said there were about 800 buildings in dilapidated condition posing danger to over 100,000 citizens.

"There are some 800 buildings in our list of dilapidated structures. It will take at least a day to assess the condition and strength of one building and decide whether it is safe enough for people to stay," Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) Deputy Municipal Commissioner B.G. Pawar said.




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