Three people were killed when the slab of a building they were repairing collapsed this afternoon in south Mumbai's Zaveri Bazar area, police said.
Officials said that four persons were trapped in the debris after the slab collapsed and brought down with it the common passage of the first, second, third and the fourth floors of the building.
"Three workers who were brought out from the debris were declared dead by hospital authorities. One person is still missing," Dyaneshwar Chavan, Deputy Police Commissioner of Zone 2 told PTI this evening.
A search and rescue operation for another worker is on, said an official from the disaster management cell of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The horrific incident took place at around 2:30pm in Sam Street in the area, officials said.
PS Rahangdale, chief of the Mumbai Fire Brigade said, "Ten labourers were working on the 4th floor out of which three are missing. Six labourers were working on 1st floor and one among them is missing. A search operation is underway for them."
Narrow lanes and congestion was hampering the work of fire brigade personnel at the site, he added further.
According to ANI, the two trapped persons have been identified as 22-year-old Firoz Khan and 23-year-old Safarul Huq.
There are also reports that search operations were underway to rescue the trapped ones.
Zaveri Bazar is the centre of the city's bullion market and sees heavy traffic and pedestrian footfalls every day.
Mumbai: Site of collapse of front portion of a building in Zaveri Bazaar. 2 people are missing in the incident, one person was injured. pic.twitter.com/43lbLZUMqm— ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2017
(With agency inputs)