3-storey building collapses in India in heavy rain, kills 11

3-storey building collapses in India in heavy rain, kills 11

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A man takes shelter under a bridge during heavy rains in Mumbai, India on Jun 9, 2021. (AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool)

NEW DELHI: A three-storey dilapidated building collapsed following heavy monsoon rains in the western Indian city of Mumbai, killing at least 11 people and injuring seven others, police said Thursday (Jun 10). 

Dozens of rescuers were clearing the debris to find any residents possibly still trapped, police officer Ravindra Kadam said.

Kadam said the building collapsed late Wednesday. 

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A man looks at flooded railway tracks during heavy rains in Mumbai, India on Jun 9, 2021. (AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool)

Heavy monsoon rains during the day had flooded several parts of the city that is India’s financial and entertainment capital.

The New Delhi Television channel said the building collapsed onto another structure in a slum in the Malad West area of Mumbai.

Residents joined the fire and police officers in rescuing people and they took the seven injured to a hospital in the suburban Kandivali area.

Mumbai recorded 222mm of rain in 12 hours. Tidal waves that reached up to 4.6m prevented the rainfall from being drained, and roads, rail tracks and neighborhoods were left waterlogged.

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Children play near a flooded bus stop during heavy rains in Mumbai, India on Jun 9, 2021. (AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool)
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A man looks at flooded railway tracks during heavy rains in Mumbai, India on Jun 9, 2021. (AP Photo/ Rafiq Maqbool)

Building collapses are common in India during the June to September monsoon season when heavy rains weaken the foundations of structures that are poorly built.

In 2019, a three-storey building collapsed in a hilly area in the northern Indian town of Solan following heavy rains, killing 14 people.

A four-storey building collapsed in Mumbai the same year and killed 10 people.

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