Mumbai: The death toll of the Maharashtra building collapse reached 16 on August 26. Raigad Police on Wednesday arrested an RCC consultant of the building in connection with the incident.

According to reports, the rescue operation was called off on Wednesday at around 11:30am.

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15 persons died after being trapped and one died of a heart attack at a local hospital. 9 others who were injured in the incident are undergoing treatment in hospital.

Teams comprising the personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and police, local disaster management team, trekkers and local residents, were involved in the rescue operation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was saddened by the incident and prayed the injured recovered soon. “Saddened by the building collapse in Mahad, Raigad in Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their dear ones. I pray the injured recover soon. Local authorities and NDRF teams are at the site of the tragedy, providing all possible assistance,” he said in a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office.