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Rescuers call off search for victims in India building collapse

By AFP

Added 24th September 2020 01:29 PM

Emergency workers, aided by sniffer dogs, also retrieved 41 bodies buried under brick and concrete. 

Rescuers call off search for victims in India building collapse

Rescue workers carry a survivor from the rubble of a collapsed 3 storey residential building in Bhiwandi on September 21, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Emergency workers, aided by sniffer dogs, also retrieved 41 bodies buried under brick and concrete. 

Emergency workers have ended a days-long search for victims of an apartment block collapse in western India as the death toll rose to 41, officials said Thursday.

Recovery teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had rescued 20 survivors from the rubble of the three-storey building in Bhiwandi, near Mumbai, after the block came crashing down before dawn on Monday.

A senior NDRF official told AFP that emergency workers, aided by sniffer dogs, also retrieved 41 bodies buried under brick and concrete. 

"Operations are over," NDRF Commandant Anupam Srivastava said. 

NDRF director general Satya Narayan Pradhan tweeted Thursday that 10 children were among those killed.

The cause of the incident was not immediately clear, but building collapses are common during India's June-September monsoon season, with old and rickety structures buckling under days of non-stop rain.

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