Dilapidated four-story building collapses in south Mumbai, elderly man dies

A 61-year-old man died on Sunday evening after a four-story building collapsed in the Kalbadevi neighborhood, south Mumbai. The structure collapsed around 10:30 p.m., sources from BMC’s disaster management unit said.

The victim has been identified as Sundara Saw. He was taken to JJ Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

According to local residents, Saw was talking on the phone when the dilapidated Khanderaowadi No.5 Building, owned by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), collapsed on top of him.

Local BJP representative Aakash Raj Purohit said major tragedy was averted as the building was evacuated shortly after part of the toilets collapsed on Sunday evening. “After part of the toilet collapsed, firefighters and police were called. There were nearly 20 workers inside the building and all of them were evacuated by firefighters. A family from a neighboring apartment building has also been relocated as a safety measure, ”Purohit said.

However, around 10:30 p.m. the whole building collapsed and a man sitting next to the building while talking on the phone got stuck in the debris. He was rescued and transferred to JJ Hospital where medics declared him dead, ”he said.

Khanderao Building Number 5 was over four decades old and in a dilapidated state. “The whole building was commercial and the workers in Bengal were doing gold polishing and jewelry making,” Purohit added. The victim, Sundara Saw, worked in one of these gold units.