(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – At least 10 people were killed after a three-storey residential building collapsed in India on Monday (Sep 21), officials said.
The accident in the city of Bhiwandi, which neighbours India’s financial capital Mumbai, occurred around 3.40am (5.40am, Singapore time), local authorities said.
“Ten people have died, we have rescued 11 people alive,” an official at the Thane city authority, which oversees Bhiwandi, told AFP.
Some residents were trying to get out of the building after cracks appeared in it in the middle of the night, when it crashed down.
“Half of the building collapsed and nearly 25 to 26 families are feared trapped,” Pankaj Ashiya, the municipal commissioner of Bhiwandi, told reporters.
It was yet unclear why the building, which had 54 apartments on three floors, collapsed.