Rescuers race to building that collapsed in Mumbai
Local television NDTV reported that at least 25 people were believed to be in the five-story residential building.
By The Associated Press
MUMBAI, India — A multistory building collapsed in India’s financial capital, Mumbai, on Friday, sending rescuers racing to reach more than two dozen people feared trapped in the rubble. There were no immediate reports of death or injuries.
Local television NDTV reported that at least 25 people were believed to be in the five-story residential building near Dockyard Road when it collapsed about 6 a.m. in the city’s southeast.
It was the most recent of several Mumbai building collapses this year. At least 72 people died in April when an illegally constructed building fell down, and a few weeks later a section of a hospital crumbled, injuring at least eight. In June, at least 10 people, including five children, died in when a three-story building collapsed.
Across India, building collapses have become relatively common. Massive demand for housing near India’s fast-growing cities combined with pervasive corruption often results in builders cutting corners by using substandard materials or adding unauthorized floors.