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Mumbai building collapse toll reaches 14

By AAP Newswire

Rescuers have found 14 bodies and pulled out 11 survivors as they begin winding down operations at the site of a dilapidated building that collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai, an official says.

Bijendra Dahiya, a National Disaster Response Force official, said workers were still looking for two to three people feared trapped in the rubble.

Dozens of rescuers worked overnight where the four-story building collapsed on Tuesday, fire official Ashok Talpade said. The survivors included a child who was treated at a hospital, while others remain hospitalised.

Dahiya said it had taken more than 24 hours to clear most of debris as the lane where the collapse occurred was too narrow for rescue vehicles.

Heavy monsoon rains fall in India from June to September, causing severe flooding and collapsing poorly built and dilapidated structures.

At least four other collapses have occurred this month in Mumbai and another western city, Pune, killing at least 31 people. On Sunday, a building collapse in the northern town of Solan killed 14 people.

Maharashtra state's top elected official, Devendra Fadanavis, said the building that collapsed was nearly 100 years old and 15 families were living there.

Talpade said the families had stayed after being asked to leave.