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A dozen dead in a building collapse near the city of Bombay in India

At least ten people have died and another twenty are trapped in the rubble after a landslide on Monday in the town of Bhiwandi in Maharashtra near the Indian city of Bombay.

Police sources told The Times of India newspaper that seven minors and three adults were among those who died, although another eleven people, including a four-year-old baby, were rescued alive.

The collapse of the three-story apartment building occurred around 3:40 a.m., agents said, an estimated 150 people were living in the building at the time of the incident.

A dozen dead in a building collapse near the city of Bombay in India
A dozen dead in a building collapse near the city of Bombay in India

Teams from the Indian National Disaster Response Force continue to conduct search and rescue operations to rescue residents who remain trapped.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed regret over what happened and called on local authorities to offer all possible help to the victims. Building collapses are common in India, particularly due to the use of unsuitable building materials and non-compliance with applicable regulations. Most of these cases occur during the monsoon season.

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