10 dead, dozens feared trapped in building collapse in India

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At least 10 people were killed on Monday and dozens were feared trapped when a portion of a three-story residential building collapsed on the outskirts of the Indian city of Mumbai, officials said.

Some residents were trying to get out of the building, in the industrial town of Bhiwandi, 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Mumbai, after cracks appeared in it in the middle of the night, when it crashed down.

“Half of the building collapsed and nearly 25 to 26 families are feared trapped,” Pankaj Ashiya, the municipal commissioner of Bhiwandi, told reporters.

It was not clear why the building, which had 54 apartments on three floors, collapsed.

At least 11 injured people were rescued.

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