MUMBAI: Seven people have been killed and over 40 are feared trapped after a decades-old, four-storey building collapsed in south Mumbai's crowded Dongri neighbourhood around 11:40 am today. Eight people have been rescued so far.
Three large teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are at the site, looking for survivors. The area, full of dilapidated buildings on narrow lanes, was also flooded in heavy rain in the past weeks.
Ten ambulances and fire trucks have arrived and are parked some distance away from the building as the lanes are too narrow for them to enter.
"We heard a loud noise. Everybody shouted, 'building is falling, building is falling'. I ran. It felt like a big earthquake," a teenager who saw the building fall told NDTV.
"I saw bodies... There were some seven-eight families in the building," another eyewitness told NDTV.
In visuals of the rescue operation, NDRF personnel in their bright orange safety gear are seen trying to remove concrete blocks as they probe the openings amid the debris for signs of life.