On Thursday morning a 3 storey, Husaini building collapsed near JJ Junction in Pakmodia Street of Bhendi Bazar, Mumbai.
Three Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR) teams of NDRF were ceaselessly engaged to locate the victims since Thursday morning. The Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Sanjay Kumar, informed at least 13 people were saved in the rescue operation.
To which Sanjay Kumar told, “As per the information now, 13 people were saved and 33 bodies are recovered.” Kumar further informed that their three teams were continuously working at the accident site.
“Our three teams are continuously working there. They have many types of equipment with them, including dog squads. They have kept some equipment to work even in the night,” he mentioned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar building collapse and also condoled the death of people in the tragic incident.
“Collapse of building in Mumbai is saddening. My condolences to families of those who lost their lives and prayers with the injured,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.
Collapse of a building in Mumbai is saddening. My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives & prayers with the injured: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 31, 2017
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased.
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) August 31, 2017
NDRF rescuers continued with the operations during whole night to made access to the maximum victims, trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building. NDRF responders carried out the CSSR Operation by making the best use of available state of the art equipment and sniffers dogs in looking for survivors under the rubble.
Before concluding the operation, a confirmation search was carried out to ensure that no more victims are left trap under the debris.
Once the confirmatory search was over, the Operation commander in consultation with BMC/local authority called off the search and rescue operations.