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12 Dead, 20 Injured in Building collapse in Bhiwandi

Pramod Chunchuwar | India Tomorrow

MUMBAI—Seven children and five others were killed and 20 others, including a four-year-old boy injured, who were rescued after a three-storeyed  Jilani building caved in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi town on Monday. Bhiwandi is 15 KM northeast from Mumbai City’s border and is well known as Textile hub of Maharashtra and all warehouses of major companies are located near Bhiwandi, a major town under Thane district. The city has major Muslim population and comes under Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation.

The 43-year-old Jilani building caved in at 3.40 am, police said.  The residents, largely labourers, were asked to vacate this building many times. The state government has announced financial help of Rs. 5 Lakh to the families of deceased and also announced to bear all cost of treatment of injured people.

Personnel of the Thane Disaster Response Force (TDRF) rescued safely a four-year-old boy, Ubed Quraishi, from the debris and feeding him water.

The building had 40 flats and around 150 persons lived in it, an official said.

A civic official told mediapersons that the building, located at Narpoli’s Patel Compound near Dhamankar Naka, collapsed while the residents were asleep.

A portion of the building collapsed and many occupants were trapped in the debris.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are at the spot. NDRF DG S N Pradhan said they were using a canine squad to search persons trapped in the debris.

An eyewitness said local residents rushed to the spot immediately after the collapse and helped pull out some persons from the debris.

The power supply to the locality was snapped as a precautionary measure, the official said, adding the injured have been admitted to local hospitals.

Bhiwandi DCP Rajkumar Shinde said offences under sections 337, 338, 304 (2) of the IPC were being registered against the owner of building Sayyed Ahmed Jilani following a complaint by the civic officials after the collapse.

Thane guardian minister Eknath Shinde said the collapse would be probed. He visited the site and announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to the kin of each victim.

He said 102 ‘dangerous buildings’ in the powerloom town have already been evacuated.

Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad visited the place and reviewed the rescue operation.

“The Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation has categorised 107 building as dangerous buildings. A total of 102 buildings were emptied. But residents of five buildings were not ready to move. The Jilani building which collapsed tonight was among those 5 buildings,” Awhad said.

“Myself and Urban Development minister Shinde discussed the possibility of implementing cluster development scheme in Bhiwandi. But for this cooperation of residents is needed. The buildings were constructed post 1990 without thinking whether ambulance, fire brigade vehicles can reach at the spot or not,” Awhad said.

President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish at the loss of lives in the building collapse.

‘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 tweeted.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed pain over the collapse and instructed the administration to ensure proper rescue operation and treatment to the injured, his office said.

List of Deceased

1. Zuber Qureshi ( Male/30 yrs)

2.  Faiza Qureshi ( Male/ 5 yrs)

3.  Ayesha Qureshi (Female/7 yrs)

4. Babbu ( Male/27 yrs)

5.  Fatima Zuber Babbu ( Female/ 2yrs)

6.  Aqsa Zuber Qureshi ( Female/8 yrs)

7.  Ansari Danish Khalid ( Male/12 yrs)

8.  Siraj Ahmad Shaikh ( Male/28 yrs)

9.   Fatima Zuber Qureshi ( Female/ 8 yrs)

10.  Uzma Zuber (Male/6 yrs)

11.  Najo Ansari ( Female/ 26 yrs)

12.  Sunny Mulla Shaikh (Male/75 yrs)

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