Mumbai: Due to heavy downpours, a five-storey building collapsed in Mahad, Raigad area, on Monday evening, with almost 80 people trapped under the debris. One body has been recovered and 17 people rescued by the teams comprising the national Disaster Response Force (NDRF), police, and Mahad civic body personnel. Police from Mahad, Shrivardhan, and Mangaon divisions of Raigad as well have rushed to the spot.

The Guardian Minister Raigad area, Aditi Tatkare, who has reached the spot said that the building had two wings, A and B. Most of the people from B-wing came out but several from A-wing were trapped. Three groups of the NDRF have rushed to the location and rescue operation is underway in full swing. Around 17 people have been rescued and treated in the local hospital but approximately 70 to 80 people are trapped under the debris. One casualty has been reported. She said an inquiry would be initiated to decide the reason for the collapse but the current priority was to protect and help operations.

The ‘Tariq Garden’ building, just 10 years old with 48 units and housing 200-225 people collapsed around 6 pm. Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, ‘‘Praying for everyone’s safety’’. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Shiv Sena legislator Bharat Gogawale and Raigad District Collector Nidhi Chaudhary to inquire about the collapse. He assured all support for rapid rescue.

Raigad district collector Nidhi Chaudhary said that a few people had rushed outside the building to a safe spot after the first three floors collapsed. Initially, the three floors of the building collapsed when some people came out. The injured have been sent to the Government Hospital. Congress leader and former legislator Manikrao Jagtap said to rescue teams were making all efforts to protect the trapped under the debris, as contradicted to utilizing poclain machines.

At least three people were killed and people are still caught in the rubble of a five-storied private building which collapsed in Mahad of Maharashtra’s Raigad area. The occurrence took place on Monday evening within the Kajalpura region of the town. The police and fire brigade is carrying operation.

In the meantime, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday expressed grief over the building collapse in a residential area of Mahad in Maharashtra’s Raigad area and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.