A five-storey building on the eastern side of Dockyard Road railway station collapsed at around 6 AM on Friday morning. According to reports, around 20 to 25 people are allegedly trapped in the building debris, while 1 dead body has been recovered from the site. 7 injured people have already been shifted to JJ Hospital. Unconfirmed reports also suggest that 2 out of the 7 injured are quite critical. The building apparently housed 28 rooms.
Presently, 12 fire engines and two groups of the National Disaster Response Force are stationed on the spot. However, it is still unclear if this BMC Colony had received any warnings regarding a risk of structural instability.
According to the latest updates, a local politician and corporator of the area told a news channel that the building was around fifty to sixty years old and that it had a few structural issues. This could be the most probable reason for its collapse. He also added that he had alerted relevant higher authorities about this issue. The building had undergone repairs around 16 years ago.
On the other hand, Sunil Prabhu, Mayor of Mumbai, said that rescue operations are currently ongoing and they are the highest priority now. He also added that definite action will be taken against the guilty.
More updates are awaited.