Tragedy in India: building collapse leaves several dead and dozens injured

NEW DELHI – At least 10 people died on monday morning in central India after the collapse of a building that needed repairs, according to authorities.

It was feared that there would be between 20 and 25 people trapped in the rubble of the four-storey building, which collapsed around 4 a.m. in the state of Maharashtra, according to the Indian National Disaster Response. Rescuers were working to treat to free them.

At least 11 people were injured when the building collapsed, said Pankaj Ashiya, commissioner of Bhiwandi, in thane district, a suburb of the Indian financial capital, Mumbai.

The building was over 30 years old and needed repairs, which could not be made due to the pandemic in the coronavirus, he said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressed his condolences on Twitter. “Praying for a speedy recovery of the wounded. Rescue work is underway and all the possible assistance to those affected,” he wrote.

Maharashtra is one of the most affected states by the virus in India, with over one million confirmed cases.

India has reported over 5 million cases around 4 a.m., according to the Indian National Response Force to Disasters.

Building collapses are common in India during the monsoon season, from June to September, when heavy rainfall weakens the foundations of old or poorly built structures.