Crime and Accident

Death toll in Bhiwandi building collapse is 8: Collector

Death toll in Bhiwandi building collapse is 8: Collector

Thane: District administration today clarified that total death toll in Sunday’s building collapse at Bhiwandi town stood at 8 and not 9 as reported earlier.

“A total of 8 persons lost their lives and 22 others were injured in the residential building collapse which took place on Sunday. Certain sections of media reported the death toll at 9.

“The confusion over the death count occurred as a body was shifted from one hospital to another and found mention in records at both the hospitals. The final tally stood at 8,” an official release said.

District collectorate has sent a report on the collapse to Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) and to the Relief and Rehabilitation Department for giving financial assistance to the affected families.

“A detailed proposal for providing assistance to the kin of the victims of building collapse and those injured has been sent to the CMO and the R&R department,” District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar said.

The report has recommended payment of compensation amount from the CM’s relief fund.

A two-storey 35-year-old residential building, located at Gaibi Nagar in Bhiwandi, crumbled on Sunday morning due to heavy rains.