Seventeen persons were injured after a five-storeyed residential building collapsed in Maharashtra's Raigad district on Monday, police said. Around 30 people have already been rescued from beneath the debris.
But it also causes widespread death and destruction, unleashing floods, triggering building collapses and inundating low-lying villages. According to a Hindustan Times report, 25 persons have been rescued. Around 90 others, including children, are thought to still be trapped. "We estimate that 40-45 people were present inside the structure", Raigad District Collector Nidhi Choudhary said.
It comes a week after a 41-year-old man was killed when a vacant building near Rizvi College in Mumbai's Bandra collapsed.
Images from the scene in Mahad, India, show a pile of rubble after a building collapsed.
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"We also came to know that many families are not residing in the building as they went to their native places due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown", Choudhari told PTI.
Uddhav Thackery, chief minister of Maharashtra state, where Mahad is located, gave local authorities his assurance of support for speedy rescue and relief work in a statement on Twitter.
The incident occurred when a G+4 building collapsed in Kajalpura area of Raigad's Mahad city. "Rescue teams have been moved with all necessary CSSR equipment, canine squad, etc" it added.
The death toll from monsoon-related disasters this year has topped 1,200, including more than 800 lives lost in India alone, according to a tally by the AFP news agency.