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At least seven people have been killed in Mumbai building collapse

Published 14/03/2014 | 13:31

Rescue workers carry the body of a victim out of the debris of a building that collapsed in Mumbai, India, Friday, March 14, 2013. An old, seven-story residential building collapsed Friday in a Mumbai suburb, killing at least two people and possibly trapping more under the debris, Indian officials said. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Rescue workers carry the body of a victim out of the debris of a building that collapsed in Mumbai, India. An old, seven-story residential building collapsed in a Mumbai suburb, killing at least two people and possibly trapping more under the debris, Indian officials said. Photo: AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade
A crane clears debris of a building that collapsed to look for survivors in Mumbai, India. Photo: AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

At least seven people were killed and eight others injured when an old, seven-storey residential building collapsed in a Mumbai suburb today, police said.

The building had already been condemned as unsafe when it crashed down into a huge pile of concrete slabs, rubble and dust, Disaster Response Force commander Alok Awasthi said.

Rescuers pulled out seven bodies as well as eight survivors with minor injuries, police said.

Dozens of firefighters and emergency workers were digging into the wreckage to see whether more people were trapped in the debris, Mr Awasthi said.

Two ambulances were standing by ready to ferry the wounded to hospital.

While the building was officially uninhabited, some families were living there illegally. Another dozen or so people had set up makeshift slum huts at the base of the building in the Santacruz suburb of India's west-coast financial capital.

Rescue operations are going on, Mr Awasthi added.

Building collapses are common in India, where high demand for housing and lax regulations have encouraged some builders to cut corners, use sub-standard materials or add unauthorised extra floors.

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