Up to 70 feared trapped in Mumbai building collapse

Up to 70 feared trapped in Mumbai building collapse

MUMBAI - A five-storey residential block collapsed in Mumbai at daybreak on Friday leaving up to 70 people feared trapped inside, in the latest building disaster to hit India's financial capital.

Crowds formed around the rubble of the completely flattened block, owned by the city's civic administrative body, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, in the east of the city.

"My son is inside. I'm waiting for them to get him out," distraught 62-year-old retiree Mithi Solakani told AFP as rescue workers scrambled over tonnes of debris.

Several diggers were pressed into action to lift some of the larger slabs of concrete, allowing teams of rescuers to begin the task of taking out bodies and searching for survivors.

One was removed covered in dark red cloth and carried to a waiting ambulance on a stretcher. Crowds of women waiting nearby could be heard sobbing.

Local politician Bhai Jagtap said that 22 families lived in the destroyed block and seven to eight people had been brought out alive.

"The rest of the people are down below, calling people from inside. Rescuers are doing their level best to save lives," he told AFP.

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