Submitted by Admin on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 09:26

A residential structure that was being built illegally on forest land in a suburb of India's financial capital collapsed, killing at least 45, including 11 children and injuring more than 50 others, according to local authorities.

The eight-story building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane caved in last night. Since then, rescue workers using sledgehammers, gasoline-powered saws and hydraulic jacks have been struggling to break through the tower of rubble in their search for survivors.

Six bulldozers have been brought to the scene to use in the recovery effort. This building collapse highlights the problem of unsafe and illegal constructions tacked onto existing structures. A problem that occurs all to often everywhere on earth.

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The International Code Council (ICC) was established in 1994 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes. The founders of the ICC are the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI).