Dozens are believed to be trapped after a Mumbai building collapsed Friday, and at least 13 are said to be dead. CNN shared the latest details on Sept. 27.
The Mumbai building collapse affected a five-story residential building that was located in the financial hub of the region. It was described as being a “pancake collapse,” and reports indicate that 44 people have been pulled out of the debris. Another 40 or so are believed to be buried in the rubble.
The main floor of the building was rented to a decorating firm, but there were about 22 apartments on the upper floors. It seems a notice had been issued just a few months ago in relation to the building's major structural issues. Though there were renovations done, more work was scheduled. Those living in the building were aware of the issues, it seems.
This is not the first Mumbai building collapse over the past few years to gain international headlines. The area has a number of old, neglected and rundown buildings, and some newer buildings are said to be built with substandard materials. Due to the high demand for housing, unfortunately people live in the unsafe housing anyway.
The New York Times notes that about 100 people lived in the building, the Babu Genu Market building. Because the Mumbai building collapsed at about 6 a.m., many of those people were likely home at the time. Ambulances and police rushed to the scene, and at one point there were some 15 ambulances and two dozen fire trucks present.
Pictures from the Mumbai building collapse show a devastating scene as rescuers work frantically and people await news on those trapped or missing.