Mumbai building collapse: Man awaits word on whereabouts of wife, son

Shamani, who works in Delhi, was visiting his extended family in the four-storey building in Dongri in south Mumbai when it collapsed.

Published: 17th July 2019 02:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th July 2019 11:34 AM   |  A+A-

Rescue ops on at Mumbai building collapse site in Dongri. (Photo | PTI)


MUMBAI: "My mother is seriously injured and other family members, including my wife and son, are still untraceable," says Nawab Shamani from his hospital bed in a voice that is a mixture of pain and anguish.

Shamani, who works in Delhi, was visiting his extended family in the four-storey building in Dongri in south Mumbai when it collapsed just before noon Tuesday, killing 11 persons, including 4 women and one child.

While resting on a bed in state-run J J Hospital, Shamani, who is in his 30s, said he could only recall that he was sleeping in a flat in the ill-fated building and suddenly heard a loud thud.

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"Next thing I remember is I am lying on a hospital bed with some injuries to my head and a hand," he said.

What worries the young man more is that even after seven hours after the mishap, his wife Sana and son Ibrahim are still untraceable.

Rescuers at the spot are fighting a battle against time as several people are still feared trapped under the rubble of the unauthorised building which housed 15 families, as per preliminary information.

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"My mother is seriously injured but she is out of danger. I have informed authorities about my family members but have received no information from them about their whereabouts so far. They are still untraceable even around 6-7 hours after the tragedy," Shamani said.

The approach roads to the spot of the incident are so narrow that even rescue vehicles struggled to make their way.

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According to National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the toll has risen to 11, including 4 women and one child.

Scores of locals joined in the effort, forming a human chain to help in removing the debris brick by brick and picking up slabs of concrete to locate those buried at the spot.

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