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9 killed, 10 injured in Thane building collapse

Last updated on: July 29, 2015 13:23 IST

At least nine persons were killed and 10 others injured after a four-storey building housing 20 families collapsed in Thakurli in Maharashtra's Thane district.

Fire brigade and NDRF personnel rescue a person stuck in the three floor Matru-Chhaya building which collapsed in Thakurli near Thane. Photograph: PTI

The building 'Matruchaya', built 35 years ago, collapsed on Tuesday night at Cholve village, following which rescue operations were launched by the National Disaster Response Force, fire brigade officials and civic authorities said on Wednesday.

However, the operations have been hampered due to continuous rains, District Disaster Management Control Room in-charge Jaideep Visave told PTI.

At the time of collapse, 20 families were inside the building.

Santosh Kadam of Regional Disaster Management Cell said that some more occupants could be still trapped beneath the debris.

The officials have been engaged in rescue work and rushing the injured to a local hospital in Dombivli. Photograph: PTI

Five of the deceased have been identified as P V Easwaran, 67, Usha Kushan, 49, Pratik Hajiriya, 7, Usha Sundaram and Francis Nadar, 44. 

The injured have been admitted to a local hospital in Dombivili, Visave added.

District Guardian Minister Ekanth Shinde, Kalyan MP Srikanth Shinde, Collector Ashwini Joshi and other top officials are monitoring the rescue and relief work.

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