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10 Killed in Mumbai Building Collapse

  • A resident receives help while carrying her possessions recovered from the rubble of a collapsed residential building on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, June 21, 2013.
  • Rescue workers use an excavator to scour through the debris of a collapsed residential building on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, June 21, 2013.
  • People holding umbrellas gather in the rain on the rubble of a collapsed residential building on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, June 21, 2013.
  • Indian rescue workers look for trapped people after a residential building collapsed in Thane district on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, June 21, 2013.

Mumbai Apartment Building Collapses

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VOA News
An apartment building has collapsed in the outskirts of India's financial capital, killing 10 people, including five children, and injuring nine other people.

Officials say the three-story building collapsed early Friday in the Thane area on the outskirts of Mumbai while many of its residents were asleep.

Police say emergency workers have rescued 20 people from the rubble and are continuing efforts to find more survivors. The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

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

Less than two weeks ago, 10 people were killed when another building collapsed in Mumbai.

In April, 74 people died in one of the worst building disasters in India's history when a building being illegally constructed gave in.

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