21 Jun 2013

Nine killed in Mumbai building collapse

9:00 pm on 21 June 2013

At least nine people have been killed in the collapse of a building on the outskirts of the Indian city of Mumbai.

More people are trapped inside the three-storey residential building in Thane district, 35km from Mumbai. Rescue operations are continuing and 14 people injured have been admitted to hospital.

The cause of the collapse early on Friday is not known, but correspondents say such incidents are common in India and often blamed on poor construction practices, the BBC reports.

In April, 74 people were killed in another building collapsed in Thane, while four people were killed when a five-storey building collapsed in Mumbai earlier in June.

The building was home to nine families and most people were asleep at the time of Friday's collapse, Sandeep Malvi, spokesperson for the Thane municipal corporation, said.

Mr Malvi said it was an "old building" constructed in 1979 and rains in the area over the past few days could have caused the incident.

After April's building collapse in Thane, police arrested nine people suspected of colluding to illegally construct the high-rise building. They included two builders, police and municipality officials.