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India building collapses; people trapped

July 17, 2019

MUMBAI, India: A four-story residential building has collapsed in a crowded neighborhood in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, and several people are feared trapped in the rubble.

Indian National Disaster Response Force and Indian fire brigade personnel rescue a survivor after a building collapsed in Mumbai on July 16, 2019. AFP PHOTO

Fire official Ashok Talpade says rescuers had reached the site in Mumbai’s Dongri section and a clearing operation was in progress. Other details were not immediately available following Tuesday’s disaster.

Building collapses are common in India during the June-September monsoon season, when heavy rains weaken the foundations of structures that are poorly constructed. On Sunday, a three-story building collapsed in a hilly area in the northern town of Solan following monsoon rains, killing 14 people.

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