90 Feared Trapped in Deadly Mumbai Collapse
Death toll stands at 3
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 27, 2013 1:35 AM CDT
Updated Sep 27, 2013 5:00 AM CDT
Indian Fire officials rescue a girl from the debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A multi-story residential building collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai early today, killing at least three people and sending rescuers racing to reach dozens of people feared trapped in the rubble. Relatives of the missing wailed and clung to one another, as heavy machinery lifted the largest slabs of concrete away. Dozens of rescue workers hacked away with crowbars at the flattened remains of what was once a five-story building; 16 people have been pulled alive from the building and rushed to a hospital.

"Approximately 80 to 90 people are believed to be left behind in the building and trapped," says the local commander of the National Disaster Response Force, indicating the death toll could soar higher in the coming hours and days. The building collapsed just after 6am near Dockyard Road in the city's southeast; most of the people who lived in the building's 22 apartments were city employees. It was the third deadly building collapse in six months in Mumbai, in a country where shoddy construction and lax inspections make such disasters all too common.

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Sep 29, 2013 8:54 AM CDT
What a nightmare it must be to be trapped in a collapsed building.I get claustrophobia just thinking about it.
Sep 27, 2013 5:20 AM CDT
Makes one want to run right out and buy a Jaguar (the company is Indian owned).
Sep 27, 2013 2:46 AM CDT
Yea who needs those fascist govt regulations. Lets cut them like the Right tell us we should so we can be free and enjoy our poison water & food and collapsed buildings.