Over 21 people from 5 families are feared dead in the Bhendi Bazaar building collapse in Mumbai on Tuesday as the fire brigade and police officials together pulled out at least 34 people from the huge rubble.
The 117-year old dilapidated building had been termed unsafe for habitation by local corporators, and the families living in the old building had been issued notices by the government in previous years to vacate the building for reconstruction. 7 out of the 12 families living in the dilapidated six-storeyed structure had left in 2015 out of fear of demolition, as the Saiffe Burhani Upliftment Trust had offered them transit occupation. 5 families still occupied the residence, many of whom lost their lives to the disheartening incident.
Chief Minister of state Mr. David Fadnavis ordered urgent help to the affected, and a brief inquiry into the incident. He also assured the kin of the dead of rupees 5 Lakh compensation, and praised the fire department and NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) for their quick help to those trapped under the debris.
Despite this, the opposition blamed the government of ‘death trap’, playing tragedy politics with the Fadnavis Government out of the incident.
As of now, 34 people have been dramatically pulled out of the debris, out of which at least 21 are found dead.
The ancient building had fallen at 8:26 a.m. in the morning, owing to its dilapidated structure and bad weather conditions in Mumbai, taking with it the lives of innocent civilians.
Out of these people, one named Abbas Shasmawala owned Abbas opticians in the nearby market.
The dramatic collapse even saw the miraculous escape of many.
It is yet uncertain has to who should be blamed for the unfortunate accident as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered strict inquiry in the matter.