2 killed, 6 injured in building collapse


Injured taken to KEM hospital, later shifted to Jaslok; all of them admitted to emergency unit

Two persons died and six were injured when a portion of Victoria House in Kamala Mills in Lower Parel collapsed. The deceased, Manoj Prabhakar Shukla (47) and Amruta Shulka (28), as well as the injured were employees of JSW Ispat Steel Ltd, which has its office on the first and second floors.

The injured were taken to KEM Hospital and later shifted to Jaslok. Five of them suffered fractures and other injuries. One sustained grievous injury to the head.

"All of them will undergo surgery for fractures and other injuries. They have been admitted to the emergency services unit. One patient, who suffered serious head injuries, will have to undergo neurosurgery," said Dr R Pulgaonkar, medical director of Jaslok Hospital.

People started evacuating the building after a huge crack was noticed on the upper floor of Victoria House on Monday morning. However, a major portion of the building collapsed even as many were still inside.

"We heard a loud noise around 11.30, and thought it was a blast. We stepped out of our office and saw smoke. At that t]point, we thought it was a fire. Only when we stepped out of the building did we realise that the higher floor had collapsed," said an employee of Fast Train, a cargo company on the ground floor of the building.

"Help from the BMC arrived soon and we started helping them in rescue people trapped in the debris. Some were bleeding profusely and we rushed them to the hospital," he said.

"Amruta usually worked from the plant in Alibaug. She was in this office for documentation work today," said Anil Jethnani, Amruta's childhood friend.

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