At least 11 people have been killed after a residential building collapsed in Mumbai, western India.
Rescue efforts are underway as there are concerns that more people are trapped in the debris in the Malad area, officials said.
An investigation was ordered but a minister said heavy rains could have caused the collapse on Wednesday evening.
Building collapses are not uncommon in India, especially during the monsoon.
Officials said they have evacuated other dilapidated buildings in the area as heavy rains are expected to continue in the coming days. The city has been placed on high alert as the rains are also causing waterlogging in several areas.
Police said 18 people were pulled from the rubble but only seven survived. “The police will conduct a proper investigation and take further action,” Senior Officer Dilip Sawant told local media.
Eyewitnesses said the two-story building collapsed onto smaller structures next door.
“The incident took place at around 10:15 pm. I got out after two people asked us to leave the building. As I rushed outside I saw three buildings, including a dairy, being demolished near our building.” , the Mumbai Mirror newspaper said. as a local resident said.
Maharashtra State Minister Aslam Shaikh said rescue efforts will continue to search for survivors who may still be trapped under the rubble.
“Buildings have collapsed due to the rain. A rescue operation is underway. The injured have been transferred to hospital. Building debris is being removed to see if other people are trapped. below, “Shaikh said.
More minor incidents such as wall collapses have been reported in other parts of the city, but no injuries have been reported so far. Weather experts say heavy rains will continue to hit the city over the next few days and low-lying areas will be at risk of flooding.