Sep 30, 2013

    Mumbai ends search, with collapse death toll at 60

    THE death toll from the collapse of a residential block in Mumbai rose to 60 yesterday as rescuers ended their search operation with all the missing accounted for, officials said.

    The five-storey block in the city's east, home to 22 families, came crashing down in a mass of rubble at daybreak on Friday.

    "The toll has now risen to 60 and we have now called off the search for more bodies in the debris," Mumbai Deputy Commissioner Tanaji Ghadge said. He added that one person was arrested over the incident.

    Thirty-three survivors were rescued from the rubble, Mr Alok Avasthy, an official at the National Disaster Response Force, said.

    A man in his 40s was the last survivor to be pulled out from under twisted iron bars and fallen concrete on Saturday afternoon.

    However, Mr Avasthy said that the death toll may rise depending on whether victims in hospital succumb to their injuries.