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One dead, many injured as multiple flats collapsed in Navi Mumbai, rescue ops underway | Watch

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Navi Mumbai: One person died and six others were seriously injured when a portion of a building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai on Saturday afternoon. As per reports, the roof slab of a sixth-floor flat at Nerul Housing Society in Navi Mumbai collapsed and affected apartments on the lower floors. The incident took place at Jimmy Park Society in Sector 17 of Nerul, where several other residents are feared trapped under the debris.
While the rescue operation is on, the fire brigade has shifted the injured to DY Patil Hospital in Nerul.

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It is learnt that the ceiling slab of the sixth floor flat collapsed while some drilling work of the flooring was in progress, according to a report by sources. It said that the impact was such that the ceiling slabs of the lower floors collapsed one after the other to the ground floor.

“The said society was served with notice under section 264 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act on May 18, wherein it was advised to get the structural audit done. As the residents are claiming that the ceiling slab collapse was due to the drilling work going on in the sixth-floor apartment, it will be probed. Also, even the building structure might be faulty due to which even by drilling work, multiple ceiling slabs have collapsed,” sources quoted Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation commissioner Abhijit Bangar as saying.

The incident is similar to the one that occurred in Gurugram in February, where the living room floor of an apartment on the sixth floor of a housing society collapsed, setting off a cascading effect in which all the living rooms till the second floor of the building caved in, with the debris heaping on the first floor, leaving two persons dead.

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