Thane building collapse toll rises to 29

Thane, April 5 (IANS) The toll in Thursday evening’s building collapse has shot up to 29 as rescuers scrambled through the night to save people feared trapped under the debris, an official said here Friday.

Police spokesperson Digamber Jangale said 59 people have been injured.

The condition of at least eight of the injured is serious, a Thane municipal corporation official said.

Friday morning, rescuers extricated five minors alive but injured from the debris, as hundreds of onlookers cheered the rescue effort.

The survival of the children was seen as something of a miracle, as they were recovered nearly 12 hours after the building crashed at 6.30 p.m. Thursday.

Police have lodged cases against the developers of the seven-storey building, Salil Jamadar and Khalil Jamadar, who are reported to be absconding along with their families.

Officials said that the building was raised within four months, and has been functional since December. So it stood barely four months.

As a precautionary measure, another adjacent building also developed by the Jamadars was evacuated Thursday night.

Top police, fire brigade, civic and disaster management officials were present at the scene of the tragedy as relief operations continued Friday.

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