Four dead, 59 hurt as huge billboard collapses on petrol pump in Mumbai amid gusty wind and rain

MUMBAI: Four people died and 64 were injured after a metal billboard collapsed in Mumbai's Ghatkopar as heavy rains and gusty winds hit the city and suburbs.

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), nearly 100 people were feared trapped when the hoarding collapsed around 4.30 pm. The billboard, located near the Eastern Express Highway (EEH) in Pant Nagar, collapsed on a petrol pump.

The structure has damaged the scaffolding of the petrol pump along with a few vehicles that were parked at the pump, however the petrol dispensing units were not affected.

At present, 12 fire engines and two cranes have been deployed for rescue operations. Civic officials said that since the incident was reported in a petrol pump, they cannot use cutters and are lifting the broken pieces of the billboard using a crane. Besides the MFB, a team of national disaster response force (NDRF) has also been deployed.

Meanwhile, the injured are admitted at Rajawadi and HBT hospitals and are in a stable condition.

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