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Modi condoles loss of lives in Mumbai building collapse

By Vikas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed his grief over the loss of lives due to the collapse of a five-storey building near JJ junction in Mumbai, which has left 19 people dead.

The building was located on Pakmodia street, a narrow lane in the busy Bhendi Bazaar area of South Mumbai. The building was said to be 125 years old. At least 19 people were killed and 12 injured due to the collapse.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the collapse site to take stock of the situation, said, "Action will be taken in case of any negligence."

The CM also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh for the kin of those who died in Bhendi Bazaar building collapse.

[19 dead, 12 injured in Mumbai building collapse, Fadnavis announces ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh]

The buildings surrounding the collapsed one have been evacuated as a precautionary measure. Search and rescue operations are underway with the help of local residents.

Earlier on Wednesday, a building collapsed in the metropolitan city's Varsha Nagar area in Vikhroli, leaving one person dead and two injured. In a separate incident, two persons died after a landslide in Vikhroli's Surya Nagar.

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