India: At Least 14 Dead, 75 Injured After Billboard Collapses In Mumbai

Rescuers look for victims under a billboard that collapsed following heavy rain and thundershowers in Mumbai, India, Monday, May 13, 2024. Scores of people were thought to be trapped after the collapse in the suburb of Ghatkopar, Mumbai police said on social media platform X. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Rescuers look for victims under a billboard that collapsed following heavy rain and thundershowers in Mumbai, India, Monday, May 13, 2024. Scores of people were thought to be trapped after the collapse in the suburb of Ghatkopar, Mumbai police said on social media platform X. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

OAN’s Abril Elfi
5:13 PM – Tuesday, May 14, 2024

At least 14 people have died and 75 others have been injured after a 100-foot-tall billboard collapsed in Mumbai, India. 

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Authorities told the Press Trust of India news agency that 89 people had been rescued since the incident on Monday night, and the rescue effort was still underway on Tuesday morning.

The billboard fell onto a gas station in the Ghatkopar suburb due to “strong winds and rain.”

Videos posted to social media showed the billboard wobbling in high gusts. The roof and a number of parked cars at the gas station below are then crushed and flattened by the billboard after it came crashing down.

On Monday night, rescuers began searching through the debris for bodies, while heavy machinery was being used to cut through the metal girders that held the billboard in place.

Rescue workers continued to clear the area on Tuesday, which still had debris and mangled cars.

City officials reported that over 125 rescuers were onsite and that 32 injured people who had been hospitalized have now been discharged. 

They also stated that police are now investigating the incident, as the billboard was reportedly “illegally installed.”

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