25 RESCUED, 50 TRAPPED IN COLLAPSED 5-STOREY BUILDING IN INDIA

25 RESCUED, 50 TRAPPED IN COLLAPSED 5-STOREY BUILDING IN INDIA

At least 50 people are feared trapped in the debris of a five-storey building that collapsed on Monday in an industrial town in western India, a lawmaker said.

The building, said to be 50 years old, contained 47 apartments.

Not all the roughly 200 residents of the building in Mahad, about 165 km (100 miles) south of India’s financial capital Mumbai, were at home when it crumbled in the evening, Bharatshet Gogawale, the local lawmaker said.

“I believe about 100 to 125 people must have been inside at the time of its collapse,” Gogawale, who was present at the site, said.

But Hindustan later reported that about 50 people could be trapped, while 25 people were rescued, with one person dead.

The building comprised around 47 flats, according to the police department of western Maharashtra state.

Authorities have yet to ascertain the cause of the collapse and the number of casualties.

TV channels showed footage of the debris with locals and police trying to reach the trapped people.

The TV footage also showed at least one ambulance leaving the area as people surrounding it made frantic phone calls.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has assured the local administration of all possible support for speedy rescue and relief work, his office said on Twitter.

Three teams from the National Disaster Response Force have been moved to the site, the NDRF said in a statement.

Old creaky structures and illegal constructions in India often lead to collapses, typically during torrential rain.

More than 1,200 people were killed in 1,161 building collapses across India in 2017, according to latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau

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