74 die in Indian building collapse

05 April 2013

Rescuers are still working to recover any other victims from the debris.

Rescuers are still working to recover any other victims from the debris.

Police in the Indian city of Thane, Maharashtra, have arrested nine people in connection with the collapse an illegal building under construction that killed 74 people and left many injured.

Some of the deceased are said to have been construction workers, while residents including women and children occupying the first four floors of the building are also reported to have died in the tragedy.

The seven-storey structure is reported to have been erected within the last four months, and collapsed in the early evening of 4 April as an extra storey was being added.

Complaints were said to have been made that the building was unauthorised and unfit for occupation, but no action was taken.

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