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Mumbai building collapse: Death toll touches 50, many feared trapped

Last updated on: September 28, 2013 23:04 IST

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The death toll in Friday's building collapse in Mazgaon area in Mumbai had reached 50, while 32 persons were injured, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials said.

Yogesh Pawar, 29, a journalist with Marathi daily Sakaal, and his father Anant Pawar, who lived in the building, died in the mishap.

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Image: Firemen look for survivors in the debris at the site of the crash in Mazgaon, Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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Ashok Mehta, the owner of Mamamiya Decorators, who allegedly carried out faulty and unauthorised renovation at his rented office-cum-warehouse on the ground floor of the building has been arrested.

It is suspected that the renovation led to the crash, Sewri police said.

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The injured have been admitted to state-run J J Hospital and Nair Hospital.

The five-storey building, owned by the BMC itself and located on Brahmadev Khot Marg near the Dockyard Road railway station, collapsed early Friday morning.

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Image: A family member of the person missing in the crash cries in Mumbai
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Cranes and other heavy machinery have been pressed into service to lift large slabs of concrete and mangled steel.

Around 21 families lived in the 30-year-old building, categorised as a C-2, which meant it needed repairs urgently.     

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Image: Rescue operations are on at the crash site
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While Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has promised strict action against those found responsible for the tragedy, the BMC has formed two probe committees and ordered audit of buildings in similar condition.

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Image: Firmen rescue a child trapped in the debris
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The civic body has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for families of every deceased person.


Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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