4 killed in Mumbai building collapse, 30 others possibly trapped

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Authorities advised people living in neighbouring building to vacate after it developed cracks

The Associated Press
Posted: Aug 31, 2017 2:45 AM ET
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2017 2:45 AM ET

A five-story building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, killing four people and injuring 13 others on Thursday, after torrential rains lashed the country’s west. Another 30 people are feared trapped in the debris.

Rescue workers, police and residents helped pull 13 people out of the rubble and were looking for those buried beneath. The building is located in a congested lane of the Bhendi Bazaar area in southern Mumbai.

Thousands of Mumbai buildings that are more than 100 years old are at risk of collapse, their foundations weakened partly by some of the heaviest rainfall that the city has witnessed in more than 15 years.

Authorities advised people living in an adjacent building to vacate after it developed cracks following Thursday’s collapse.

Building collapses are common in India during the monsoon season, which is June to September. High demand and lax regulations encourage some builders to use substandard materials or add unauthorized extra floors.

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