13 dead in Mumbai building collapse
July 19, 2019
Monsoons have caused a lot of destruction in Mumbai. In yet another shocking incident, a building at South Mumbai's Dongri collapsed during early hours of Tuesday killing 13 people. Rescue operations were carried on by three teams of the National Disaster Response Force along with the help of local bodies and others who were gathered at the accident site. It took them hours to rescue children and adults who were trapped inside the decade's old four story building which is believed to have collapsed after monsoon fury.
Every year monsoon brings these tragedies.... and people year another year for another such disaster to strike. Seems like Lives do not matter to us ... 14 Dead In Mumbai Building Collapse, Rescuers Work Overnight To Look For Survivors-Onir, Film Director.
One of the biggest challenges faced by rescuers included getting through the narrow lanes of Dongri which are always over crowded. Moreover, the roads were flooded and water-logged due to the incessant rains that hit the city in the past few days. The building was managed by the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority. Civic authorities have not taken responsibility, instead they are passing the buck at each other.
"Death toll of the #Dongri building collapse rises to 5 and many more injured. Having visited the spot, I extended all my support to the rescue teams. If only this govt had right priorities & invested Mumbai's crumbling infra & not statues, this disaster could've been averted", tweeted Waris Pathan, MLA of Byculla.
This latest accident throws light on how civic authorities are becoming incompetent in safeguarding these buildings in the city. Many people took to social media to express their concern and anxiety over the insensitivity of officials in protecting people.
"Shocked and disappointed by the BMC officials and the government on the cold blooded murder of more than 15 people in the building collapse at #Dongri I demand that all BMC officers of B-ward to be immediately suspended and arrested", tweeted Rais Shaikh.