Mumbai residential building collapses, killing 11

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June 10 (UPI) — A residential building collapsed in Mumbai, India, amid heavy rains, killing 11 people, local officials said.

Among the dead in the two-story building in the Malad suburb were eight children, NDTV reported Wednesday.

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City officials said they were working to move debris to determine if others were trapped in the building. At least seven people sustained injuries in the collapse.

Emergency officials also evacuated a nearby three-story building.

Local officials suspect heavy rains and flooding were to blame for the collapse during monsoon season.

“Police will carry out a proper investigation and take further action,” police officer Dilip Sawant said, according to the BBC.

The news outlet said the Malvani area of Malad is densely populated and many buildings are built illegally on government land. The poorly constructed buildings are sometimes built as high as four stories using iron rods instead of more steady pillars.