11 dead in Mumbai building collapse after monsoon rains Jun 11, 2021 0 338 12345 dpaNew Delhi Eleven people died when a building collapsed after heavy rains in India’s financial hub Mumbai, officials said on Thursday.The three-storey building in the Malad West area collapsed on Wednesday night, additional police commissioner Dilip Sawant said. An adjacent one-storey hut was crushed by the debris.Eighteen people were pulled out of the rubble and 11 died, a Mumbai municipal corporation spokesman said.Television visuals showed cranes working in the narrow congested lane, trying to clear the debris as rain continued to fall.Firemen, who are first responders for accidents in India, were seen searching for survivors, assisted by local residents and police.Residents of three nearby structures which were also in a dilapidated condition had been evacuated, the Mumbai municipal corporation spokesman said.“An investigation has been ordered and a case will be registered against the owner of the structure,” Sawant said.Building collapses are common in India, usually due to shoddy construction, substandard materials and disregard for regulations.Many of these accidents occur during the monsoon season.Mumbai, which has critical housing shortage, has many old buildings which are unsafe. The building which collapsed had been identified as one of them, but the residents refused to leave, NDTV news channel reported.“Monsoon in the ‘Maximum City’ is also a time of the maximum tears.With the chaotic, unplanned construction of the past, so many homes are at risk in the rains. Is it possible to carry out a multi-year survey of all structures at risk and reinforce them to prevent collapse?” Mumbai-based industrialist Anand Mahendra said in a tweet. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Palestine security officers killed during Israeli raid in West Bank Jun 11, 2021 0 2132 Backlog takes India’s COVID-19 death toll for past day to over 6,000 Jun 11, 2021 0 319 Iranian candidate calls on young voters to help maintain status quo Jun 11, 2021 0 314 Meth seizures up in Malaysia as cartels adapt to virus border curbs Bangkok: Seizures of methamphetamine in Malaysia soared last year, according to data published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which described the South-East Asian drug market as “highly .. Taliban captures more Afghan districts as fighting escalates dpa Kabul Taliban militants added to their recent military gains, winning control over two more districts in Afghanistan, one of them strategically important, officials said on Thursday. After two days of intense .. Singapore eases COVID curbs but HK travel bubble kept on hold Bangkok: Singapore again postponed a planned “travel bubble” with Hong Kong, Singapore’s Transport Ministry said on Thursday, as the government announced domestic curbs would be relaxed from Monday. The ministry .. Demining charity will remain in Afghanistan after deadly attack Kabul: Despite an attack that left 10 of its demining personnel dead, British-American charity Halo Trust plans to stay and continue its work in Afghanistan, chief executive James Cowan said in a video published late on ..