"Search and rescue operations are still on", fire chief PS Rahangdale said, adding that two firefighters were injured during the rescue operation.
The four-storey building, which local residents said housed a nursing home, came down this afternoon as renovation work started on the ground floor.
The BMC's disaster management team received a call about the incident at around 10.43 am and fire brigade and disaster management officials have rushed to the spot. In total of nine people have been rescued so far and have been rushed to a nearest hospital. Mumbai Ghatkopar Building Collapses, here is the latest update regarding the building collapse.
A total of 60 NDRF jawans along with sniffer dogs were pressed into service. The building, which had three flats on every floor, had telescoped down and turned into a pile of rubble.
The city has been hit by several deadly building collapses in recent years, often caused by shoddy construction, poor quality materials or ageing buildings. Officials said the nursing home was vacant at the time of collapse. According to officials, the building figured on the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation's list of risky buildings and had been served an evacuation notice six months ago.
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A BMC report reveals that there are over 791 dilapidated buildings in Mumbai. The BMC has initiated action on the report under the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888.
"The incident occurred in the area Ghatkopar in the North-East of Mumbai".
File image of rescue operations being held in Ghatkopar.
Diyora had left for his office just before the building caved in.
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