A residential building that was due for repairs has collapsed near Mumbai, killing at least 10 people and trapping many others.
Rescuers are working to find and free them.
At least 11 people were injured when the building collapsed, said Pankaj Ashiya, the commissioner of Bhiwandi in Thane district, a suburb of India’s financial capital Mumbai.
He said the building was more than 30 years old and needed repairs, which could not be carried out due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter.
“Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are under way and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected,” he wrote.
Maharashtra is one of India’s hardest hit states by the virus, with more than a million reported cases.
India has reported more than five million coronavirus cases.
The National Disaster Response Force said the building had collapsed at around 4am local time.
Building collapses are common in India during the June-September monsoon season, when heavy rains weaken the foundations of structures that are poorly constructed or old.