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

(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.

Indian Fire officials rescue a girl from the debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Indian Fire officials rescue a girl from the debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo)
People console a woman soon after she was rescued from debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
People console a woman soon after she was rescued from debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo)
Indian Fire officials rescue a girl from debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Indian Fire officials rescue a girl from debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo)
Indian Fire officials rescue an injured resident from debris of a collapse building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Indian Fire officials rescue an injured resident from debris of a collapse building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
A local and Indian Fire officials look for survivors from the debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
A local and Indian Fire officials look for survivors from the debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian fire officials carry an injured woman rescued from debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Indian fire officials carry an injured woman rescued from debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Members of the National Disaster Relief Force take out the body of a woman from the debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Members of the National Disaster Relief Force take out the body of a woman from the debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
The multi-story residential building collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai early Friday, killing at least three people and sending rescuers racing to reach dozens of people feared trapped in the rubble.
The multi-story residential building collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai early Friday, killing at least three people and sending rescuers racing to reach dozens of people feared trapped in...   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian Fire officials rescues an injured person from debris of a collapse building in Mumbai, India, Friday, September 27, 2013.
Indian Fire officials rescues an injured person from debris of a collapse building in Mumbai, India, Friday, September 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian Fire officials look for survivors from debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Indian Fire officials look for survivors from debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Map locates building collapse in Mumbai, India; 1c x 4 inches; 46.5 mm x 101 mm;
Map locates building collapse in Mumbai, India; 1c x 4 inches; 46.5 mm x 101 mm;   (AP)
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