17 killed after wall collapses in Mumbai's Chembur, BMC to launch probe
Mumbai: In a tragic incident, at least 17 people were killed after a wall collapsed on some shanties in Chembur's Bharat Nagar area due to a landslide.
Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai confirmed to news agency ANI that the death toll had risen 17 in the Chembur wall collapse incident. And two injured persons were treated and discharged from a hospital.
Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik said, "We'll take the decision to shift the people who are living in a dangerous situation to permanent settlements immediately. BMC will investigate this incident."
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) led by NDRF Deputy Commandant Ashish Kumar is engaged in rescue operations.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the loss of lives due to wall collapses in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai. He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives and Rs. 50,000 to those injured.
In a series of PMO tweets, the Prime Minister said, "Saddened by the loss of lives due to wall collapses in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. Praying that those who are injured have a speedy recovery: PM @narendramodi
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed condolences to the bereaved families. He said, "Deeply saddened by the news of many casualties in incidents following heavy rain in Mumbai's Chembur and Vikhroli areas. I express my condolences to the bereaved families and wish for successful relief and rescue work", tweeted President.