At least 12 people were killed in Mumbai after a five-story building collapsed on Tuesday morning in the working-class suburb of Ghatkopar. Local officials said the forty-year-old building, known as the Saidarshan, was home to 12 families, with around three to four families occupying each floor. The ground floor of the building also contained a nursing home, which was vacant at the time of the collapse. On Tuesday, the chief fire officer of the Mumbai Fire Brigade, P.S. Rahangdale, said a search and rescue operation was ongoing, with hundreds of first responders, workers, and neighbors digging for people trapped among the debris. By Tuesday evening, around 23 people had been pulled out of the rubble, including the deceased.
According to witnesses, the building began to shake before its collapse at around 10:45 a.m. local time. Victims were taken to the nearby Shantiniketan Hospital, where tearful relatives waited to discover if their family members were still alive. A public relations officer for the Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation told CNN that the cause of the collapse would likely be known “in a day or two,” while the Maharashtra Chief Minister has said a full report will be available within 15 days. In his conversations with reporters, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said he had ordered an investigation into the incident and planned to punish those responsible.