Mumbai building collapse kills one, injures 3; more victims possibly trapped

MUMBAI (AFP) - An apartment block collapsed in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai on Friday, killing one woman and injuring three other people in the latest in a series of deadly building cave-ins, the authorities said.

More victims may be trapped under the debris since the building fell on surrounding structures, local media reports said.

"The deceased is a woman of around 32 years," a municipal official told AFP, asking not to be named. "Three other persons were injured but are reported to be stable," the official said, declining further comment.

Heavy equipment was being used by rescuers to comb the debris to see if there were any other victims.

Initially, the police thought no one was in the building as it had been cleared of tenants after being tagged uninhabitable by municipal authorities.

The building had been served a demolition notice by municipal authorities, area residents told news channel NDTV.

Last September, a rundown residential block in Mumbai collapsed, killing 60 people. Another building collapse in the city in April last year killed 74.

Some of the building collapses have underlined shoddy construction standards and lax building code enforcement.

Earlier this year, 25 persons were killed in India's tourist haven of Goa when their apartment block collapsed.

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