India Building Collapse: Death toll rises to 12 as search for survivors continues


Rescue team continues the search for survivors a day after a building collapsed in the Indian city of Mumbai, killing 12 people, three children included.

So far nine people have been rescued alive while dozen of others are still trapped in the building.

Officials complain that the rescue efforts is been disturbed because of the old streets which prevent access by heavy vehicles.

Rescuers are facing a huge challenge because the roads in Dongri, where the building was located – are narrow and cramped.

Officials say fire crews and ambulances could not even reach the site because the lane was too narrow. So they relied on a human chain of fire-fighters and local volunteers to get material to the building and carry the injured and the dead away from it.

As rescuers worked through out the night looking for people trapped in the building, they saved one Zinat Salmani and her daughter when they were retreiving a body under the rumble on Tuesday. The 23-year-old mother was trapped under an iron beam, wooden doors and a gas cylinder.

State housing minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil says there will be an ivestigation on what caused the building to collapse and “strict action” will be taken against any officials who were found responsible for negligence.

While the cause in this particular instance still remains unclear, Mumbai administrators say the building’s owners added a section to the original structure illegally, without securing the necessary permits.

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