MUMBAI, India (AP) — At least eight people are dead, and the death toll could go much higher, after the collapse of an apartment building in India's financial capital of Mumbai (MOOM'-by).
More than 30 people have been rescued from the rubble, but a similar number are still missing, and the search is continuing.
There were cheers today from hundreds of onlookers as rescuers plucked a small girl alive from the collapsed building, and carried her through a tunnel that was dug through the rubble.
Today's disaster was the third deadly building collapse in six months in Mumbai. At least 72 people died in April when an illegally constructed building fell down. At least ten others died in June when a three-story building collapsed.
180-r-26-(Rescuers at site of collapsed five-story building, working to find people who might still be trapped in the rubble)--Sound of rescue workers, some hacking with crowbars, at the flattened remains of the collapsed five-story building. Shoddy construction and lax inspections are thought to be behind the recent spate of building collapes across India. (27 Sep 2013)
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APPHOTO DEL112: Indian Fire officials rescue a girl from debris of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. The multi-story residential building collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai early Friday, killing at least three people and sending rescuers racing to reach dozens of people feared trapped in the rubble. (AP Photo) (27 Sep 2013)
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