At least eight dead in Mumbai building collapse, many fear trapping

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MUMBAI, Sept.21 (Reuters) – At least eight people were killed in India when a three-story residential building collapsed before dawn on Monday, media said, while an agency official charged disaster said up to 25 people would be trapped in the ruins.

Television showed footage of a rescue dog running through the rubble of the Bhiwandi apartment building on the outskirts of Mumbai. Reuters partner ANI quoted a spokesperson for the Bhiwandi municipal corporation as saying eight people had died. ANI also reported that a child was rescued.

Satya Pradhan, the head of the National Disaster Response Force, said in a tweet that 20 to 25 people were believed to have been trapped and rescue teams had been dispatched.

Building collapses are common in India, especially during seasonal monsoon rains, due to old and often illegal constructions. No immediate reason was provided for the latest incident in Bhiwandi.

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