Mumbai latest news
A landslide occurred near the Ram Baugh cooperative housing society in Mumbai's Andheri east around 2 am on Tuesday. The landslide resulted in soil and stones falling from the hilly area behind the building, impacting the ground-plus seven storey structure. Fortunately, all 168 rooms in the building had been vacated, so no injuries were reported.
Additionally, a wall collapsed on the first floor of People Welfare school in Jogeshwari east, but no persons were injured in that incident.
In another development, a road cave-in occurred near a storm water drain nullah at Goregaon East late on Monday night, affecting traffic along Infinity road. However, no casualties were reported. A parked tempo on Goregaon Infinity road was impacted, and a crane was called to remove the vehicle.
Also, a tragic incident occurred in Bhayander (east), Mumbai, where portions of a building's balconies collapsed, resulting in one fatality and four individuals sustaining minor injuries.
Four individuals, including an auto-rickshaw driver, were injured and were rushed to the local civic hospital. The building, which had been declared dilapidated, was found to be vacant with operational shops, including seven bars and permit rooms.
Preventive measures and precautions can play a crucial role in avoiding such incidents.
- Regular Structural Inspection:
Conduct regular inspections of buildings, especially older structures, to identify potential weaknesses or signs of deterioration in balconies, slabs, and other load-bearing structures.
- Structural Maintenance:
Ensure that timely repairs, renovations, and reinforcement work are carried out to maintain the structural integrity of the building.
- Building Codes and Regulations:
Adhere to local building codes and regulations while constructing or renovating buildings, ensuring the use of quality materials and proper construction techniques.
- Expert Consultation:
Seek advice from structural engineers or professionals experienced in building maintenance to assess the structural stability of balconies and other elements.
- Public Awareness:
Create awareness among residents and building occupants about the importance of reporting any signs of structural instability or concerns to the appropriate authorities.
- Evacuation Plans:
Develop evacuation plans and procedures in case of emergencies to ensure the safety of all occupants.
- Proper Balcony Usage:
Encourage responsible behavior on balconies, avoiding overcrowding, excessive weight, or activities that may compromise the structural integrity.
By implementing these preventive measures, addressing structural issues promptly, and raising awareness among individuals regarding safety precautions, steps can be taken to reduce the risk of balcony collapses and similar incidents.