Maharashtra: Godown collapses in Bhiwandi; several feared trapped

A two-storey godown collapsed on Saturday in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra’s Thane district, trapping several people living and working on the premises, a civic official said.

Rescue and relief operations have been initiated at the site in Valpada area of Mankoli as several people are feared trapped in the debris, said Avinash Sawant, the chief of the regional disaster management cell.

‘The ground-plus-two storey building in Wardhaman Compound collapsed at around 1.45 pm. Four families resided on the upper floors, while labourers worked on the ground floor,’ he said.

Fire engines from Bhiwandi, Thane and other surrounding areas have been deployed for search and rescue operations, he said, adding further details about the incident were awaited.

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