Rescue operation called off at Bhiwandi building collapse site; As many as 41 bodies have been recovered

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The rescue operations, which had gone on for three days were called off at 11:45 am today.
 

 

Rescue operations at the site of the Bhiwandi building collapse have been called off, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said on Thursday.

As many as 41 bodies have been recovered from the debris and 25 people have been rescued by the NDRF.

As per the report, the rescue operations, which had gone on for three days were called off at 11:45 am today.

The three-story building collapsed around 3:40 am on Monday in the Patel compound area in the Thane district.
Soon after the incident, teams from the National Disaster Response Force, fire brigade and police reached the spot and carried out rescue operations. 

Two civic officials have been suspended in connection with the collapse and an offence has been registered against the building owner.

An official release said the then Assistant Municipal Commissioner Sudam Jadhav and an engineer and Verification Officer Dudhnath Yadav have been suspended.

The owner of the building Sayyed Ahmed Jilani, who has been booked for culpable homicide and negligence causing hurt, is still absconding.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the loss of lives in the incident.

"Saddened by the building collapse in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected," Modi had tweeted.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed pain over the collapse and instructed the administration to ensure proper rescue operation and treatment to the injured.

 

With inputs from Agency

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