New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Nine people were killed and several others suffered injuries in two incidents where houses collapsed after heavy rainfall lashed the financial capital of India on Thursday.

Fire department officials and a team of disaster management department rescued around 23 people after a portion of a ground-plus-five storey Bhanushali building collapsed at the Fort area of Mumbai on Thursday.

In a similar incident, two people had died in a three-storey chawl in Malad’s Malvani amid heavy rainfall on Thursday, reported news agency ANI.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray along with BMC commissioner IS Chahal visited the spot to take stock of the rescue operations on Thursday evening.

According to ANI, Guardian Minister of Mumbai Suburban district, Aaditya Thackeray announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who died after a house collapsed at Malvani in Malad area of Mumbai.

The heavy amount of debris is being cleared from a site in Mumbai's Fort area and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was called in to assist the Mumbai Fire Brigade in the search and rescue operations.

Watch the video of fire department officials undertaking rescue operations on the site:

“Five persons had been pulled out from the wreckage by 11 pm. The body of the fifth person, a woman, is yet to be identified,” Indian Express quoted Sachidanand Gawade, the Deputy Commandant, NDRF 5th Battalion as saying.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials informed that the collapsed building was in a dilapidated condition and was vacated by some residents a few months ago for repair work. Repair work was underway at the time of collapse while some families had already lived in the building. Locals in the area said that most of the shops and offices in the area were open at the time of the incident.

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