International desk – At least 21 people have been killed and many feared trapped after a five-storey apartment building collapsed in Indian financial capital of Mumbai, media reports said on Thursday.
The building near JJ Junction in Pakmodia Street of Mumbai is believed to have collapsed because of torrential rain that made the entire Mumbai almost paralyzed, Times of India reported.
It said 34 people trapped inside the building could be rescued.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the collapse of the building in Mumbai is saddening. He twitted a condolence message.
Other media say more than a dozen others were missing and feared trapped beneath a huge mound of mud, broken concrete slabs and twisted steel girders.
The more than 100-year old building collapsed following the city’s heaviest rainfall in 15 years.
Authorities were advising people living in an adjacent building to vacate after it developed cracks following Thursday’s early morning collapse.
The building had housed nine families in apartments above a first-floor nursery school, but the collapse occurred before the toddlers had arrived for the day, police said.
Train services and public transport were halted and airports shut on Tuesday as roads turned into rivers and floodwaters seeped into many low-lying buildings.
In many places, people had to abandon their vehicles and wade through waist-deep water to reach their homes.