At least seven people died Saturday and seven more were injured when an abandoned building collapsed in Bombay, the second tragedy of its kind over a two-day period in India's biggest city, a police official told Efe.
The four-story building collapsed just after midnight in the Dahisar suburb of the port city, located on the southwest coast of the Asian giant.
Among the fatalities were six men and an 8-year-old girl.
The building was evacuated two years ago due to its state of disrepair, but local authorities had not yet demolished it. Meanwhile it was being used by street vendors of tea and vegetables, the official consulted by Efe said.
This accident came after at least 10 people, including six minors, were killed Friday when an apartment building collapsed in the town of Mumbra in the Bombay suburbs.
In April, 74 people lost their lives when an illegally constructed building collapsed in the neighboring city of Thane.
The financial capital of India and its most populated city with almost 20 million inhabitants, Bombay is located on a narrow and ever more crowded peninsula, which in recent years has spurred the growth of its suburbs.
Accidents like these are frequent in India and their causes are often attributed to the precarious state of infrastructures and lack of maintenance, conditions encouraged by the corruption and illegal practices rampant in the construction sector. EFE