A building collapsed near Mumbai, India, killing at least 20 people

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A three-storey building collapsed in Bhiwandi near Mumbai, India, in Thane district of Maharashtra, around 3:40 am on Monday. The building was in a dilapidated condition. It had 40 flats and around 150 persons lived there, an official said. The NDRF team, fire brigade and police teams was immediately rushed to the spot. More than 40 emergency workers, including a team of 30 rescuers from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), are at the scene. 20 people including children are dead. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over the and said all possible assistance is being provided to the affected. The owner of building, Syyed Ahmed Jilani, is said to be on the run following the collapse of the structure. An offence has been registered against him.

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“The loss of lives in the at Bhiwandi, Maharashtra is quite distressing. In this hour of grief, my thoughts and prayers are with the accident victims. I wish speedy recovery of the injured. Local authorities are coordinating rescue and relief efforts,” President Ram Nath Kovind wrote on Twitter. This occurred in less than a month after the Mahad which killed 16 people in Maharashtra. With rapid urbanisation, buildings are often haphazardly constructed, flouting regulatory norms. Changing weather patterns, heavy rainfall and the climate crisis are aggravating risk factors.

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