One killed, 7 injured in India building collapse

10:27, March 14, 2010      

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One person was killed and 7 others injured in the collapse of an old three-story building in southern Mumbai, a local official told Xinhua on the scene on Sunday morning.

The accident occurred at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, when workers were renovating the building at Masjid Bunder in southern Mumbai, said D. R. Jadhav, Assistant Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM).

Local firefighters rushed to the scene for rescue, and sent the injured to nearby hospitals for medical treatment, Jadhav said.

Workers are now clearing the debris of the building, whose collapse also affected an adjacent building as they shared one same wall, with the help of a huge crane.

The collapsed building has a history of more than 100 years, and lacks solid internal support or regular maintenance, according to the local police.

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