A three-story building on the outskirts of Mumbai collapsed in the early hours as residents slept in it, killing at least 10 people.
Another 20 to 25 people were reportedly trapped in the Bivandi building – about 25 miles from Mumbai – the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said Monday.
Rescue workers from the NDRF team pulled 19 people out of the rubble – including two boys aged four and seven. The efforts of the NDRF received applause from the local population.
More than 40 rescue workers, including a team of 30 NDRF rescue workers worked on the rescue operation.
The incident in the city of Bivandi occurred at around 3:40 a.m. local time (22:10 GMT on Sunday), local authorities said.
Images published on the NDRF’s official Twitter page showed rescue workers combing the remains of concrete and bricks with electric cables hanging over them.
Television showed piles of rubble with rescuers climbing stairs to reach someone still inside and setting up dogs to search for victims.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences on Twitter. He wrote, “Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected.”
The building is on the list of dangerous buildings and the Times of India reported about a directive issued for it to be evacuated before the collapse, citing Pankaj Ashiya, a commissioner for the Bhiwandi-Nizampura Municipal City Corporation.
At least 13 people died last month after the collapse of a five-story building in Mahad, an industrial city about 165 km south of Mumbai.
In 2017, data from the National Crime Bureau showed that more than 1,200 people died in collapsed buildings across the country.