At least five people died and another eight were trapped in the ruins when an apartment building collapsed in Mumbai, the Indian press reported Tuesday.

The building, with five floors of apartments and a car dealership on the ground floor, came crashing down Monday night in the Mahim district of India's economic capital, according to NDTV television.

Residents said that eight people remain trapped in the rubble of the building, most of them children and seniors.

Emergency management teams rescued several people from among the ruins during the night. The search continues for any survivors.

The collapse came after two days of heavy downpours that caused flooding in the city.

In April, the collapse of an illegal building in the Thane district of west Mumbai left 74 people dead. EFE