22 Killed in Mumbai Building Collapse

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 26, 2005

MUMBAI, India – At least 22 people were killed and nine others wounded when a seven-story building collapsed in Mumbai, officials said Thursday.

At least 10 others were feared trapped in the rubble of the residential building in Mumbai’s Borivali neighborhood, said Gopal Shetty, a state lawmaker. The building collapsed late Wednesday.

Rescue workers were sifting through the debris and cranes were removing large chunks of concrete.

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“The priority is to rescue people who may be trapped inside,” Shetty said.

The building housed several stores and a clinic in addition to residences.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse.

Shetty said poor quality cement may have been used in the construction of the 20-year-old building.

However, J. Phatak, a senior city official, said residents reported extensive renovations to the building by a jewelry store on the ground floor of the building.

Building collapses are frequent in India _ where construction is often hastily done with little regard for safety regulations.

A service of the Associated Press(AP)