Death toll at 20 in Bhiwandi bldg collapse

New Delhi (NVI): The death toll in the Bhiwandi building collapse in Maharashtra rose to 20 this morning, with the recovery of seven more bodies overnight.

The three-storey building, located at Narpoli’s Patel Compound area, collapsed at around 3:40 am yesterday while the residents were sleeping.

The team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and personnel of the Thane Disaster Response Force (TDRF) are still at the spot as the search operation continues.

So far, the number of those rescued has gone up to 25, with five more people being pulled out from the debris, the NDRF said.

While the dead include nine children, among them two toddlers and those rescued are being treated at hospitals in Bhiwandi and Thane, an official said.

Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed grief over Bhiwandi building collapse and is reviewing the situation. He also instructed officials to undertake swift rescue and relief operations.

-RJV