Mumbai, July 2: At least 16 persons were killed and 13 injured after a wall collapsed on hutments in Mumbai’s Malad East and another seven perished in a wall collapse in Pune, early on Tuesday as rains continued to wreak havoc in large parts of Maharashtra.The incident took place at Kurar village, Pimparipada-Malad East. Fifty-one people have been admitted to the trauma centre at Jogeshwari and Shatabdi hospital, Kandivali. Rescue operations are underway.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of deceased
A team of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) is present at the spot as the rescue operations continue.
Many are still feared trapped inside the debris of the wall.
According to the sources, the RRC Mumbai had received a call about the incident at nearly 2 am. As of now, nearly 3 to 5 people are feared trapped inside the rubble.
The team is also having a dog squad at the spot. Fire officials and police are also present at the spot to retrieve those caught up inside the debris.
Expressing grief over the incident, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his thoughts are with the families of the deceased.
“Pained to know about the loss of lives in Malad Wall collapse incidence. My thoughts are with families who lost loved ones & prayers for speedy recovery of injured. Rs 5 lakh will be given to the kin of deceased,” the chief minister tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Commissioner of Greater Mumbai has declared a public holiday in all government and private offices in Greater Mumbai today.