A huge building that reportedly housed more than 60 flats has collapsed in India.
Shocking images from the scene in Mahad, Maharashtra’s Raigad district, show a completely destroyed pile of rubble with shocked witnesses standing around it.
There are unconfirmed reports that more than 50 people are trapped in the debris.
The five-storey apartment complex was six years old.
Three teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force are responding to the catastrophe, with both police and fire brigades attending the scene.
At this point there is no information on how the building collapsed or how many people were inside at the time.
Footage of the scene posted to Twitter shows a huge crowd of panicked observers at the scene.
Several people can be seen standing on top of the rubble of the ruined building.
It’s currently 8pm in India, a time when many families would have been inside enjoying their evening meal.
It’s the second building collapse in Maharashtra in less than a week.
On August 18 a 41-year-old man was killed when a vacant building near Rizvi College in Mumbai’s Bandra collapsed. The three-storey building had fallen in on the compound wall of the neighbouring building and also damaged its ground floor.
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