Ten dead, up to 25 feared trapped in India building collapse

Maharashtra Ten die after building collapses in Bhiwandi more than 20 people feared trapped

Around 10 persons are still feared trapped after the building caved in at 3.40 am, police said, adding search operations are underway.

A three-storey residential building in a town on the outskirts of Mumbai collapsed early in the morning, with rescuers reporting dozens of people trapped. In this hour of grief, my thoughts & prayers are with victims.

As per the initial information, 31 people have been rescued from the rubble of the building in Patel Compound area. "Rescue operations are ongoing", NDRF commandant Ithape Pandit told AFP. NDRF Director General Satya Pradhan said that more teams will join the rescue efforts. The building had 40 flats and around 150 persons lived in it, an official said. Two civic officials have been suspended in connection with the collapse and an offence has been registered against the building owner, an official said. The Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation had twice earlier served the residents of the building a notice to vacate the property as it was in a unsafe condition.

An eyewitness said local residents rushed to the spot immediately after the collapse and helped pull out some persons from the debris. I wish speedy recovery of injured.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims and gave assurance that all necessary assistance was being provided to the affected.

"Saddened by the building collapse in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra".

It was to this tweet that the Queen actor responded on the micro-blogging site, saying, "Meanwhile Maharashtra government k-k-k-k-Kangana. if they stop being obsessed with me they will know how the entire state is collapsing". Condolences to the bereaved families.

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