Thane: At least ten persons were killed and
20 people injured, some of them seriously, when a portion of a
four-storeyed building in Kalva of Thane district collapsed
this evening, police said.
It could not be immediately ascertained how many people
were buried under the debris, they said.
A joint rescue and relief operation by the police and
fire fighters is on. Heavy rains since evening, however, are
affecting the rescue operation, fire brigade officials said.
The 40-year-old building had developed cracks following
tremors early this morning, police said, adding some of the
inmates had shifted to other places fearing collapse.
The building had two wings with 16 tenements on each
side, of which one portion came down, they said.