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Thane building collapse toll rises to 58, municipal, police officials suspended

Thane building collapse toll rises to 58, municipal, police officials suspended
Even as the death toll in Thursday evening’s seven-storey building collapse rose to 58, disaster management and fire brigade officials on Friday continued rescue operations, 22 hours after the tragedy.

‘The death toll has shot up to 58, while over 50 people are injured, many of them critically. Out of the dozens that were brought in (to hospital) Thursday night, 17 have been discharged,’ a Thane disaster management official said.

‘We are trying to pull out as many people as possible from the rubble. However, it has been difficult to identify many of them. We have pulled out many children too,’ he added.

At least 10 children have succumbed to their injuries in the incident, police said.

As rescue operations continued, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and home minister R R Patil visited the spot.

Meanwhile, the concerned deputy municipal commissioner and senior police inspector have been suspended in connection with the building crash at Shil-Phata in Daighar in Mumbra, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said.
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