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22 killed as six-storey building collapses after Mumbai monsoon

Collapse: Rescue teams carry the body of a victim from the rubble of the building in Mumbai PICTURE: REUTERS

AT LEAST 22 people died when a six-storey building collapsed in Mumbai following monsoon rains.

Ten more were feared trapped in the debris near the busy Crawford market area of India’s largest city.

The 117-year-old building — which had been condemned as unsafe — fell down 20 minutes before a playgroup was due to begin on the ground floor.

‘I came down to drop my child at the playschool and the structure came crashing down like a pack of cards,’ said the father of a two-year-old. Fire chiefs said the children had a ‘narrow escape’. Rescue workers and bystanders helped pull 35 people out of the rubble.

Last night, it emerged the building had been declared ‘unsafe to live’ in 2011. Thousands of old buildings in Mumbai may have been weakened by the heaviest rainfall the city has seen in more than 15 years.