Nine dead in Thane building crash

Thane (Maharashtra), July 29 (IANS) Nine people have been killed, while at least 10 others were injured in Tuesday night’s tenement crash in Thakurli town of Maharashtra’s Thane district, officials said on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old two-storeyed structure, Matrukrupa, housing around 20 families suddenly crashed around 10.15 p.m. on Tuesday, trapping many under the debris.

The incident took place in Cholegaon area of Thakurli town which has been lashed by heavy rain since the past few days.

A rescue operation by the local authorities, the fire brigade and the National Disaster Response Force was still on, but was hampered by intermittent rain.

Officials fear that a few more residents could still be trapped under the debris, and efforts were on to trace them.

Guardian Minister of Thane Eknath Shinde, Kalyan MP Shrikanth Joshi, district collector Ashwini Joshi and other officials were monitoring the rescue operation.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Thakurli, Kalyan and Dombivli.

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