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Dozens killed after building collapses near Mumbai

Dozens of people are dead after a building collapsed in Mumbai, India, with many more missing in the rubble. The building was under construction when it collapsed. Families had moved into the unfinished structure.

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Rescue workers look for trapped people after a residential building collapsed in Thane, Mumbai, India, Thursday, April 4, 2013.

At least 39 people were killed and dozens injured after an illegal, half-constructed building collapsed in seconds "like a pack of cards" on the outskirts of India's financial centre Mumbai, officials and witnesses said.

Rescue workers using cranes and bulldozers searched for survivors in the wreck of steel and concrete on Friday after the seven-storey building crumbled on Thursday night. Residents said laborers paying rent of around $5 a day had lived in it.

"The building collapsed like a pack of cards within three to four seconds," said Ramlal, a local resident. "It just tilted a bit and collapsed," he said. Read the full story.

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Rescue workers carry a woman who survived from the collapsed building.

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Rescue workers search for survivors at the site of the collapsed building.

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Rescue workers carry a child who survived the collapse of a residential building in Thane.

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Rescue work continued at the site of the building collapse on April 5, 2013.


Rescue workers carry a young child who survived the building collapse on Friday, April 5, 2013.


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