03:11 GMT15 April 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Due to heavy downpours during the annual monsoon season, various structures become too dangerous to live in. Since July, several parts of Maharashtra have seen floods and many Indian regions have reported incidents of houses collapsing.

    More than 70 people are feared trapped after a five-storey building, containing 40 apartments, collapsed in India’s Maharashtra state on Monday evening.  

    The incident occurred in Mahad,  around 160 km from Mumbai, in the state's Raigad district.

    According to the police, the building collapsed around 6:30 p.m. (India time).

    Building Collapses in Mahad Raigad District#mahad #raigad #buildingcollapse pic.twitter.com/4MmSg3ojKl

    "Initially, top three floors of the building collapsed following which several people managed to rush outside the building and saved themselves,"  said Raigad District Collector Nidhi Chaudhari.

    Chaudhari added that 15 people have been rescued so far while three Natural Disaster Response Force teams from Pune have been dispatched to Mahad.  

    There is still no information about what actually caused the building to collapse.

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