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Digging Out From Mumbai's Massive Building Collapse

At least 72 people were killed.

Reuters

Rescue workers are still digging out from Thursday's collapse of a seven-story building in Mumbai. Eye-witnesses say the building collapsed "like a pack of cards," killing at least 72 and injuring 36 more. The culprit was shoddy construction and illegal building materials. According to Reuters:

The building, which was in a forested area in the city of Thane, had been made using poor materials and without proper approvals, said Sandeep Malvi, a spokesman for licensing authority the Thane Municipal Corporation.  "There may still be more bodies inside," Malvi added. "The rescue is still going on."

Photos from the rescue effort:

Rescue workers search through the rubble of a collapsed residential building for survivors in Thane district, on the outskirts of Mumbai. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)
Rescue workers and local residents gather around the rubble of a collapsed residential building during a search for survivors in Thane district, on the outskirts of Mumbai. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)


The foot of a victim is seen as their body lies in an ambulance after being recovered from the rubble of a collapsed residential building, in Thane district on the outskirts of Mumbai. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)
A rescue worker takes a break on the rubble of a collapsed residential building during a search for survivors in Thane district. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)


 

About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.