All that remained of the building was a large mound of rubble and steel rods. Previously, a notice to vacate the building was issued to tenants but only fifty per cent complied while the rest remained. Eight or nine lower-middle class families were thought to be living in the building and dozens people are believed to be stuck inside.
Building collapsed in Mumbai
At least 30 people have been rescued but others 22 are dead and many injured. At least 90 NDRF personnel, dog squad, 10 fire tenders, two rescue vans and several ambulances were engaged at the site of the collapse. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to families of those who lost their lives. The Maharashtra government will conduct an inquiry into the Bhendi Bazaar building collapse. The opposition blamed the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development (MHADA) and Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) for the building crash. Mumbai is one of India’s most densely populated cities with an urban population of more than 22 million. Bhendi Bazaar, is in the south of the city, which has more than 16,000 buildings built before the 1940s; 791 of these were identified as dangerous in a pre-monsoon survey by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.