Ten people were killed in Maharashtra's Bhiwandi town after a multi-storied building collapsed early on Monday, ANI reported. The injured have been rushed to hospitals in Kalyan, Dombivali, Kalwa and Thane.
Besides, there were unattended problems of leakages and seepages which may have weakened the structure located in a congested locality of the town.
Teams of police, city workers and members of the National Disaster Response Force removed debris in the cramped lanes of the neighbourhood, trying to reach people calling out for help under the rubble, a Reuters witness said.
Around 20 people have been rescued by locals till now. "Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected".
More than 40 emergency workers, including a team of 30 rescuers from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), are at the scene.
The building is believed to be at least 40 years old.
The building had been on a list of unsafe buildings and a notice for it to be vacated had been issued, the Times of India reported, citing Pankaj Ashiya, a commissioner in the Bhiwandi-Nizampura City Municipal Corporation.
Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed sadness over the incident and said, "Anguished to learn about the tragic collapse of a building in Bhiwandi, Thane (Maharashtra)".
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