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Death toll rises after Mumbai building collapse

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The collapse of a Mumbai building after recent monsoonal flooding has killed at least 10 people and injured 8.

The death toll from the collapse of a decades-old four-storey building in India's financial capital Mumbai rose to 10 late on Tuesday, with at least eight injured, officials said, as rescue operations continued to remove those trapped in the rubble.

It was the second building collapse in Mumbai in 10 days, as monsoon rains lash the city. Several older and badly-constructed structures have crumbled in Mumbai in recent years due to heavy monsoons.

Narrow and crowded lanes leading up to the site in Dongri made it challenging for rescue equipment to reach the collapsed building, said P.S. Rahangdale, the Mumbai fire department's chief public relations officer.

He and Mumbai's Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Singe confirmed that 10 people had been declared dead and that eight more were undergoing treatment at two hospitals nearby.

Rescuers at the site of a collapsed building in Mumbai
Rescuers work at the site of collapsed building in Dongri area of Mumbai, India, 16 July 2019.
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Around 15 families were believed to be living in the building that collapsed on Tuesday morning, said Singe. "Rescue operations are ongoing and our main focus is find those trapped," he added.

Residents in the neighbourhood helped fire and other officials with the rescue efforts, with some helping carry the injured to nearby ambulances that could not reach the site, a Reuters witness said.

The collapsed building was nearly 100 years old and an investigation into the incident will take place, said Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra state, where Mumbai is located.

"My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted earlier in the day."I hope the injured recover soon."

Disaster response force workers have so far rescued five people - including a baby - from the debris.
Disaster response force workers have so far rescued five people - including a baby - from the debris.
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Another resident said the building had 10 families living inside despite its dilapidated condition.

Earlier this month, a wall collapsed in the city, killing 29 people.

Municipal workers clear the debris from the site of collapsed building in Dongri area of Mumbai, India.
Municipal workers clear the debris from the site of collapsed building in Dongri area of Mumbai, India.
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Building collapses in Mumbai, home to 20 million people, are common during the monsoon season because rickety structures buckle under the weight of continuous rain.

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