Death toll from India building collapse jumps to 20 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 23, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:49 AM, September 23, 2020

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Death toll from India building collapse jumps to 20

The death toll from an apartment block collapse in western India climbed to 20 yesterday, with more bodies likely to be recovered, officials said, as rescuers searched for survivors. Emergency workers from the National Disaster Response Force have pulled 20 survivors -- including two boys aged four and seven -- from the rubble of the building in Bhiwandi, near Mumbai. An NDRF spokesman told reporters that recovery teams, aided by sniffer dogs, also retrieved 20 bodies buried under layers of brick and concrete when the three-storey block came crashing down before dawn on Monday. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but building collapses are common during India's June-September monsoon season, with old and rickety structures buckling after days of non-stop rain.

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