Shocking photos show the collapse of a 6-storey building in Mumbai, which has killed at least 9 people

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Firefighters and rescue workers search for survivors at the site of the collapsed building in Mumbai.
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A six-storey residential building collapsed in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, on Thursday morning.

The 117-year-old building in the city’s Bhendi Bazaar market buckled around 8.30 a.m., district officials said in a press statement seen by the Times of India (TOI).

At least nine people have been confirmed dead, and rescue workers continue to search for 20 people feared trapped in the rubble, Reuters reported.

Police have yet to determine the cause of the collapse, Reuters added, but it came as the city experienced some of the worst monsoon rains and floods in years. The state said it would conduct an inquiry into the incident, according to TOI.

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A six-storey residential building collapsed in Mumbai, India, on Thursday.

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Firefighters and rescue workers search for survivors at the site of the collapsed building in Mumbai.
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Shailesh Andrade/Reuters

The building housed a sweet shop warehouse on the ground floor and nine families in the floors above, according to Reuters.

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Shailesh Andrade/Reuters

Rescue workers are searching for up to 20 people feared trapped in the building.

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Rescue workers, 12 fire brigades, and India’s National Disaster Response Force were dispatched to the scene.


The building is situated in Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar market, an area of narrow streets with buildings densely packed next to one another.

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People in surrounding buildings were evacuated, but the narrow streets made it difficult for authorities to bring in excavators.


Police have yet to determine the cause of the collapse.

The state will conduct an inquiry into the incident, Mumbai minister Subhash Desai said, per TOI.


The disaster came as two days of heavy monsoon rains and floods ravaged Mumbai — many parts of the city were still heavily under water.

Countries across South Asia experienced some of the worst floods in years this week. More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh, and Nepal as a result.