Mumbai: Twelve people were killed and eleven others injured when a four-storey residential building collapsed in suburban Ghatkopar on Tuesday, civic officials said.

“Until 9 pm, 23 people were extricated from the rubble, out of whom 12 were declared dead while 11 injured have been admitted in various hospitals," said Mahesh Narvekar, the chief of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s Disaster Management cell. He said the search and rescue operation would continue.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis too visited the spot tonight.

The ground floor of the building in the suburb of Ghatkopar housed a nursing home, which was vacant at the time, while the rest of the building was occupied by three or four families on each floor, he said.

In 2013, 145 people were killed in three separate building collapses around Mumbai, on the western coast, the highest in recent years.

In the eastern city of Kolkata, a portion of an almost century-old building collapsed killing two people and some were feared trapped, media channels reported. Reuters

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