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At least two dead, five injured after building collapses in Bhiwandi city near Mumbai

Rescue operation underway at the building collapse site in Bhiwandi. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, India Aug 24, 2019, 07.27 AM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

At least two people died and five more were critically injured in a building collapse incident in Bhiwandi city near Mumbai in the early hours of Saturday.

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Ashok Rankhamb, Commissioner of Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation said that the building was in a dilapidated state and was being vacated when the incident took place.

"People had informed us that the building may collapse. I along with officers reached the spot and asked to vacate the building. People had vacated the building but then some people went inside to pick their luggage. Meanwhile, the building came down. It is an 8-year-old building and was built illegally. An investigation will be done," the commissioner said.

Disaster Management Officer Santosh Kadam said that fire brigade and personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are carrying out an operation to rescue people trapped in the debris.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Disaster Management Officer Santosh Kadam said that fire brigade and personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were carrying out an operation to rescue people trapped in the debris.