After a building collapsed in Mumbai on the first day of heavy rainfall in the city, eleven people died, including eight children.
Officials are said to have attributed the tragedy to the weather that hit the city yesterday.
The disaster occurred on Wednesday night and resulted in one residential building collapsing on top of another building, local officials said.
It took place in a northern suburb of India’s largest city, and officials are warning that even more people could be trapped in the rubble.
Together with the nearly a dozen dead, 15 people are said to have been injured and taken to nearby hospitals.
Local media showed pictures of rescue workers pulling debris out in a narrow alley while relatives and onlookers watched.
Residents of three nearby buildings were also reportedly evacuated as the buildings were not in good condition.
The ANI news agency reported Vishal Thakur, deputy police commissioner, with the words: “15 people, including women and children, were rescued and taken to hospital.
“There is a chance more people are stuck under the rubble. Teams are here to save people.”
Hindustan Times reports Maharashtra minister Aslam Shaikh, who went to the disaster site, said the collapse was due to rain.
In India’s financial capital Mumbai, buildings collapse more frequently during the monsoons.
Wednesday was the first day of heavy rainfall that lashed the city and its suburbs, causing flooding on roads and railways.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has reportedly issued a “red alert” for Mumbai and the neighboring districts of Thane, Palghar and Raigad, warning of “very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall” in the affected regions.