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India: 3-story building collapses under heavy rains, killing 11

NEW DELHI (AP) – A dilapidated three-story building collapsed following heavy monsoon rains in the western Indian city of Mumbai, killing at least 11 people and injuring seven others, police said Thursday.

Dozens of rescuers were clearing the debris to find residents who may still be trapped, police officer Ravindra Kadam said.

Kadam said the building collapsed on Wednesday evening. Heavy monsoon rains during the day had flooded several parts of the city which is the financial and entertainment capital of India.

New Delhi TV station said the building collapsed on top of another structure in a slum in Mumbai’s Malad West neighborhood.

Residents joined firefighters and police to rescue people and took the seven injured to a hospital on the outskirts of Kandivali.

Mumbai recorded 222 millimeters (8 inches) of rain in 12 hours. Tidal waves that reached up to 4.6 meters (13 feet) prevented rainfall from being drained, and roads, railroads and neighborhoods were flooded.

Building collapses are common in India during the June-September monsoon when heavy rains weaken the foundations of poorly constructed structures.

In 2019, a three-story building collapsed in a hilly area of ​​the northern Indian city of Solan following heavy rains, killing 14 people. A four-story building collapsed in Mumbai the same year and killed 10 people.

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