Around 7.30 am yesterday, a five-storeyed building in Mumbra collapsed -- the third building in the area this year to come crashing down -- and claimed one life. A majority of the residents managed to escape unhurt, as they fled out of their homes within minutes of realising that the building could crash any moment.
“Ten-year-old Banoo Building no 5 at Jeevan Baug developed cracks around 6 am on Saturday morning, which resulted in a rain of mud from the ceiling of the homes. This is when residentsconcluded that something was wrong,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ashok Dudhe, who was present at the accidentspot yesterday. The building, which had 125 residents, had fiveflats on each floor and two commercial shops on the ground floor.
However, three residents were not quick enough to vacate the premises. Thirty-five-year-old Hanif Quazi, who stopped to lock the house while others rushed to vacate the premise, lost his life when the building collapsed.
Another resident Javed Qureshi (25) was also removed out dead from the debris on Saturday late evening. He is known to survived by his wife Sabha to whom he was married in October last year.
Meanwhile, Sameera Quazi suffered leg and head injuries after being stuck inside the building debris for almost seven hours. The 25-year-old was admitted to Mumbra’s Kalsekar Hospital in Kausa.
According to Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, a proposal for cluster development in Thane district is underway. “I am saddened by this accident. On Friday, a proposal for cluster development with FSI 4 was discussed with the chief minister. It should be out in three months,” said Naik.
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