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Ten die in Mumbai building collapse
Ten people, including two minors, have died and several others are feared trapped inside a three-storey residential building that collapsed in the outskirts of Mumbai early Friday. This is the third such incident that took place in recent past in India's financial capital.

The Shakuntala building, situated in Bazarpeth in Thane district, about 35 km from Mumbai, collapsed around 2:30am, when the residents were fast asleep. Most of the people have been rescued. Six fire-tenders were rushed to the spot and the rescue operations are in full swing. Among the dead are a two-month-old girl and a seven-year-old boy.

Sandeep Malvi, spokesman for the Thane municipal corporation, said, “There are more (people) trapped inside and rescue operations are in full swing.” He also said that the reason for the collapse of this structure built in 1979 is not yet known, reported NNIS.

The police and rescue teams reached the spot immediately after getting the news of the collapse. The injured were rushed to Kalsekar hospital, CSMH and Civil Hospital in the city.

74 people had died in similar building collapse in April this year. Two builders and seven other people were arrested in connection with the tragedy. Recently, another collapse took place in Central Mumbai, where a part of a five-storey building collapsed, killing ten people, reported HT.

There are many illegal structures in Mumbai, especially in the Thane district. Although the court has ordered demolition of such buildings, but no action has been taken as of now.

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