Mumbai: The Bhiwandi building collapse, which took place here on Monday September 21, has claimed the lives of 41, the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) informed on Thursday (September 24).

The incident took place on September 21 and the rescue operation is still underway. A total of 25 people have been rescued so far, the NRDF added.

The three-storey building collapsed around 3.40 am on September 21 in the Patel compound area in Thane district. Soon after the incident, the NDRF, fire brigade, and police teams had reached the spot and carried out rescue operations.

The dead include 18 children in the age group of 2 to 15, including three toddlers, an official said. Twenty-five persons have been pulled out of the debris alive so far and are being treated at hospitals in Bhiwandi and Thane, he said. Adding that, the search operation continued throughout the night despite heavy rains.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the loss of lives in the incident.

Taking action over the incident, the authorities have suspended two civic officials in connection with the collapse and a case has been registered against the building owner. The building, which was not even in the list of dilapidated structures of Municipal Corporation, had 40 flats and around 150 persons lived there.

The building had collapsed while the residents were asleep after which teams of NDRF and personnel of the Thane Disaster Response Force (TDRF) reached the spot and initiated rescue and relief operation that is still underway, an official said.