27 dead in India building collapse

MUMBAI (AFP) - The death toll following the collapse of a building under construction near India's financial hub of Mumbai rose to at least 27 people with many more injured, police said on Friday.

A section of the seven-storey building collapsed on Thursday evening before the entire structure came down, a senior officer in the police control room of Thane district told AFP.

"Twenty-seven people have died so far, of which seven are women and nine children," said the officer who did not want to be named.