MUMBAI — Dozens of people were feared trapped in the debris of a five-story building that collapsed on Monday in Mahad, an industrial town in western India, with some reports saying about 60 to 70 people were still inside, while a local lawmaker said the figure was higher.
“I believe about 100 to 125 people must have been inside at the time of its collapse,” said the lawmaker, Bharatshet Maruti Gogawale, who was present at the site, about 100 miles south of India’s financial capital, Mumbai.
The building had about 47 apartments, according to the police in Maharashtra state.
The authorities have yet to determine the cause of the collapse or the number of casualties. But about 30 people were pulled out by rescue teams and local residents, and at least 17 people were injured, according to news reports.
TV stations broadcast video of the debris and of local residents and the police trying to reach those trapped inside.
Three teams from the National Disaster Response Force were sent to the site, the organization said.
Old, creaky structures and illegal constructions are prone to collapse, typically during torrential rain.
More than 1,200 people were killed in 1,161 building collapses across India in 2017, according to latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau.