Death toll rises to 13 in Mumbai building collapse
MUMBAI (AFP) - A five-storey residential block collapsed in Mumbai at daybreak on Friday, killing at least 13 people and trapping dozens, in the latest building disaster to hit India's financial capital.
By Friday night, rescue workers had managed to pull out nearly 50 survivors from the debris of the flattened block, owned by the civic administrative body, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, in the east of the city.
Several diggers had been pressed into action to lift some of the larger slabs of concrete, allowing teams of rescuers wielding heavy equipment to take out bodies and search for those still alive.
Thirteen bodies were recovered, with rescuers also pulling out 20 injured people - all sent to local hospitals - and another 27 unharmed, according to an e-mailed statement from the corporation.