Building Collapse Kills 41 in Mumbai

More than 50 injured

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 5, 2013 2:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – At least 41 people have been killed after a building collapsed near Mumbai, the AP reports. More than 50 have been injured, and more could be trapped. At least 11 children were dead, officials said, with more than 20 people missing amid rescue efforts. The seven-story building was in the midst of illegal construction, the BBC reports, with four floors already occupied. The casualties were mostly construction workers who'd been staying in the building, said an official.

"The building collapsed like a pack of cards within three to four seconds," said a witness. The disaster occurred as workers attempted to build an eighth floor, the AP notes. Building collapses are frequent in India thanks to weak materials and procedures, reports the BBC. High rises have been increasing in step with population increases, but they're often built without necessary safeguards and licenses. In this case, a witness said, "they made an eight-story building [out] of what was supposed to be a four-story building." Police intend to arrest the builders.

Rescue workers search for trapped people after a building collapsed in Thane, Mumbai, India, Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Rescue workers search for trapped people after a building collapsed in Thane, Mumbai, India, Thursday, April 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Rescue workers look for trapped people after a residential building collapsed in Thane, Mumbai, India, Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Rescue workers look for trapped people after a residential building collapsed in Thane, Mumbai, India, Thursday, April 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Rescue workers search for trapped people after a building collapsed in Thane, Mumbai, India, Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Rescue workers search for trapped people after a building collapsed in Thane, Mumbai, India, Thursday, April 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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