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Building collapse leaves at least 11 dead, 7 injured in Mumbai

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A dilapidated three-storey building collapsed following heavy monsoon rains in the western Indian city of Mumbai, killing at least 11 people and injuring seven others, police said Thursday.

People wade through a waterlogged road after heavy rains in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday.(Hemanshi Kamani/Reuters)

A dilapidated three-storey building collapsed following heavy monsoon rains in the western Indian city of Mumbai, killing at least 11 people and injuring seven others, police said Thursday.

Dozens of rescuers were clearing the debris to find any residents possibly still trapped, police officer Ravindra Kadam said.

Kadam said the building collapsed late Wednesday. Heavy monsoon rains during the day flooded several parts of the city that is India's financial and entertainment capital.

The New Delhi Television channel said the building collapsed onto another structure in the Malad West area of Mumbai.

Residents joined the fire and police officers in rescuing people and they took the seven injured to a hospital in the suburban Kandivali area.

A man takes shelter under a bridge during heavy rains in Mumbai on Wednesday.(Rafiq Maqbool/The Associated Press)

Mumbai recorded 222 millimetres of rain in 12 hours. Tidal waves that reached up to 4. 6 metres prevented the rainfall from being drained, and roads, rail tracks and neighbourhoods were left waterlogged.

Building collapses are common in India during the June-September monsoon season when heavy rains weaken the foundations of structures that are poorly built.

In 2019, a three-storey building collapsed in a hilly area in the northern Indian town of Solan following heavy rains, killing 14 people.

A four-storey building collapsed in Mumbai the same year and killed 10 people.

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