3 floors collapse in a row, kill 4 women, 2 kids
The top of a three-storey building in Bhayandar crashed down on the second which in turn collapsed on the first
Parts of a three-storey structure collapsed like a pack of cards in Bhayandar, after the roof of the top floor caved in on the second, causing it to crush the first floor. The tragedy claimed six lives, and injured four others.
At 5.45 pm yesterday, the ceiling slabs of Lata Apartments, located in Kharegaon locality in the far western suburb, toppled on its inhabitants.
The flats are divided into three separate wings. The incident occurred in the B-Wing of the building, which seems largely intact on the outside.
At the time of the incident, a tutorial class was going on at the third floor. Of the six who died, four were women, and two kids.
The deceased have been identified as Gayatri Yadav (20), Ranjana Yadav (7), Netra Retrekar (25), Shilpa Dey (7), Shonali Chandrapal and a male child.
The four who have sustained injuries include two children, Durgesh and Jaishri. The other two have been identified as Bharti Retrekar and Vijay Kumar Yadav.
According to eyewitness accounts, an occupant of a unit on the third floor was holding tuition classes, when the third-floor slab gave way, and fell in on the second floor, finally resting on the first.
Jagdish Patil, sub-station officer, fire department, Mira-Bhayandar, said, "We received a call at 5.50 pm, informing us of the collapse, and we rushed to the spot.
The ceiling slabs of the upper two floors had collapsed on to the first floor. The rescue operation is over and the injured have been taken to Umrao Hospital in Naya Nagar in Mira Road."