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14 Dead, 60 Injured as Massive Billboard Collapses During Mumbai Dust Storm

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A devastating incident unfolded in Mumbai as a massive billboard collapsed during a fierce dust storm, resulting in the loss of fourteen lives and leaving at least sixty people injured. The tragedy occurred opposite a fuel station, where the billboard structure crashed down right in the middle of the refueling facility.

Billboard Incident

Visuals captured the horrifying moment when the metal frame of the billboard tore through the roof of several cars parked at the fuel station. Emergency responders rushed to the scene, working tirelessly to rescue those trapped under the debris. An excavator was deployed to clear the wreckage and search for survivors.

Investigation Underway

Authorities are investigating whether the billboard advertisement agency had proper permissions to install the structure. The civic authorities are keen to determine the cause of the collapse and prevent such incidents in the future.

Impact on the Community

The tragedy has sent shockwaves through the city, prompting discussions about safety regulations for billboards and other structures. Families of the victims are grieving, while the injured are receiving medical attention at local hospitals.

Billboard Safety Measures Urgently Needed

As Mumbai grapples with the aftermath, there is a growing call for stricter safety measures to prevent similar accidents. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of ensuring structural stability and adherence to safety protocols.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, the Maharashtra government announced a relief package for the families of the deceased. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed his condolences and assured swift action. He has also directed a comprehensive inspection of all such billboards in Mumbai to ensure safety standards are met.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by unsecured structures during extreme weather events. The investigation’s findings will be crucial in preventing similar tragedies in the future.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. We will continue to provide updates as the investigation unfolds.

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