At least 13 people died after a building collapsed in a residential area of Mahad in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Monday. Three National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue teams were deployed and the rescue operation is still underway. So far, 78 people have been rescued from under the debris. Over 10 are still feared trapped under the debris.
Tarique Garden, which is not more than 10 years old, housed around 40 families. It was a ground-plus four structure. The top three floors of the building collapsed on Monday evening.
The Maharashtra government announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs each to the families of the deceased, said state minister Vijay Waddetiwar. He added that financial assistance of up to Rs 50,000 will also be provided to those injured in the incident.
“Those who lost their houses should also be given some help. Hence, we'll put this in front of the state cabinet on Wednesday. We'll not leave people who are responsible for this incident. They murdered innocent people. Quality of construction material was very poor,” said the Maharashtra minister.
Raigad Collector Nidhi Choudhari suspected structural damage behind the collapse. She added that the building was not dilapidated when it collapsed. On Monday night, she ordered the registration of an offense against the builder, the contractor, and the architect.
Raigad police on Tuesday have registered a case under Sections 304, 304 A, 337, 338, and 34 against five people in the building collapse incident.