March 9, 1996 in Nation/World

Apartment Collapse Kills At Least 22

Compiled From Wire Services

Rescue workers dug 22 bodies from the concrete mountain of a collapsed apartment building and searched Friday for up to seven residents still missing.

Police said negligence may have helped cause the collapse.

The death toll could reach 30, said D.J. Kulkarni, Bombay’s chief fire officer and head of the rescue operation. The building, in a middle-class neighborhood of India’s largest city, was home to at least eight families.

Police said a building occupant altered pillars and beams that may have unsettled the structure. The building was at least 30 years old, neighbors said.

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