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42 Killed in Building Collapse in Mumbai

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Rescue workers recover body from debris on site of a collapsed residential building, Mumbai, Sept. 28, 2013.

Rescue workers recover body from debris on site of a collapsed residential building, Mumbai, Sept. 28, 2013.

The death toll from the collapse of a multi-story building in India's financial hub, Mumbai, has risen to at least 42.

Rescue workers are trying to find those still missing from the incident early Friday. Officials say 33 people have been pulled alive from the rubble since the cave-in.

The property is owned by the city's municipal government, and most of the people who lived in its apartments were city employees. The cause of the collapse is not known.

Building collapses are common in India, because builders often use substandard materials and multi-story structures are often constructed without adequate supervision.

At least 10 people were killed in June when an apartment building near Mumbai collapsed. In April, 74 people died in one of the worst building disasters in India's history, when a building being illegally constructed in a Mumbai suburb gave in.
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