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."
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