Seven children and three others were killed and 11, including a four-year-old boy, rescued after a three-storeyed building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi town on Monday, police said.
Around 10 persons are still feared trapped after the building caved in at 3.40 am, police said, adding search operations are underway.
Personnel of the Thane Disaster Response Force were seen pulling out the boy from the debris and feeding him water.
Bhiwandi is a powerloom town around 10 km from Thane.
A civic official said that the building, located at Narpoli’s Patel Compound near Dhamankar Naka, collapsed while the residents were asleep.
SEE: NDRF rescue a child from under the debris at the site of building collapse in Bhiwandi
A team of the National Disaster Response Force rushed to the spot. NDRF DG S N Pradhan said the team was using a canine squad to search persons trapped in the debris.
A portion of the building collapsed and many occupants were trapped in the debris of the collapsed building, a Thane Municipal Corporation official said.
It was not known how old was the Jhilani building, as it was called, and if it was in the list of dilapidated structures marked by the civic body, the official said.
SEE: 1 more person rescued from Bhiwandi building collapse incident
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed anguish at the loss of lives in a building collapse at Bhiwandi in Maharashtra.
“Saddened by the building collapse in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected,” Modi said.