At least six people died, and a few others were injured after a lift of an under-construction building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Thane, a statement by Thane Municipal Corporation said on Sunday.
The accident took place around 5:30 pm today, during the workers’ descent from the 40-storey structure after completing waterproofing work on the terrace.
According to reports, the victims were all workers. A team of Regional Disaster Management Cell and Fire Brigade personnel rushed to the spot and rescued workers from the basement parking.
The deceased have been identified as Mahendra Choupal (32), Rupesh Kumar Das (21), Harun Sheikh (47), Mithlesh (35), and Karidas (38). Another deceased is unidentified.
Yasin Tadvi, head of the disaster management cell of Thane said it appears that one of the supporting cables of the construction lift snapped, leading to the collapse. “It was immediately not clear how the lift cable malfunctioned," Tadvi added.
In a similar incident last month, an elderly woman in Noida died of possible cardiac arrest on August 3 after the cable of a lift at a group housing complex snapped, leading to a free fall between floors, police officials said.
The victim, identified as 73-year-old Sushila Devi, was alone in the lift when its wire snapped, leading to a free fall.
“A woman going in the lift fainted due to the breaking of the lift wire in Paras Tierra Society in Sector 137, under Police Station Sector 142 area. The woman was alone in the lift. She was admitted to Felix Hospital but died during treatment,” the police said in a statement.