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India: five-storey building collapses in Mumbai

Firefighters and rescue workers are seen working at the site of the building collapse in Mumbai on September 27, 2013.
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A multi-story building has collapsed in India's financial capital of Mumbai. Rescuers are trying to reach more than two dozen people feared trapped in the rubble, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Local television NDTV reported that at least 25 people were believed to be in the five-storey residential building near Dockyard Road when it collapsed after dawn in the city's south-east.

Indian officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

It was the latest of several Mumbai building collapses this year. At least 72 people died in April when an illegally constructed building fell down, and a few weeks later a section of a hospital crumbled, injuring at least eight. In June, at least 10 people, including five children, died in when a three-storey building collapsed.

Building collapses have become relatively common across India. Massive demand for housing around fast-growing cities combined with pervasive corruption often result in builders using substandard materials or adding unauthorized floors.