MUMBAI, India — Scores of people were feared trapped or dead after a five-story residential building collapsed early Friday, the fifth deadly collapse this year in and around Mumbai, a city with crumbling housing infrastructure and poor building standards. At least 11 people were confirmed dead.
Authorities said it was too early to determine the exact cause of the collapse or the number of people trapped or dead in the Babu Genu Market building. Onlookers said the building had more than 100 residents, nearly all of whom were probably home when the structure fell. The building was about 30 years old, officials said.
Dr. Habbu Jadav, the superintendent of a nearby hospital, said 25 people had been brought in with injuries as of 8 p.m. Friday and there were 11 deaths.
In April, an illegally constructed building in a Mumbai suburb collapsed and killed 74 people, the deadliest such episode in decades. Two more episodes followed in June, killing a total of 19 people. In July, the Bhiwandi garment factory collapsed, killing six people.
Many of the structures that dot Mumbai's skyline are crumbling and date to India's independence, when they were hurriedly built as part of the city's emergence as a commercial hub. The city's building department is known for its corruption, and bribing inspectors and other officials is considered part of the normal cost of doing business.