Thane building collapse toll rises to 45

Thane (Maharashtra): Even as the death toll in Thursday evening’s seven-storey building collapse rose to 45, disaster management and fire brigade officials Friday continued rescue operations, 22 hours after the tragedy.

“The death toll has shot up to 45, while over 50 people are injured, many of them critically. Out of the dozens that were brought in (to hospital) Thursday night, 17 have been discharged,” a Thane disaster management official told IANS.

“We are trying to pull out as many people as possible from the rubble. However, it has been difficult to identify many of them. We have pulled out many children too,” he added.

At least 10 children have succumbed to their injuries in the incident, police said.

As rescue operations continued, Maharashtra Chi

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