South Asia

Search ends for survivors in Mumbai billboard collapse; death toll rises to 16

MUMBAI, India — Rescue workers have ended their final search for survivors trapped under a collapsed billboard in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, a local official said Thursday.

Medical welfare teams are checking on those injured and undergoing treatment, local municipal corporation chief Bhushan Gagrani said Thursday.

The death toll from the accident has risen to 16, with more than 100 people trapped after the billboard, larger than an Olympic-sized swimming pool, crashed on Monday, authorities said.

A fuel station, homes, and cars were crushed in the accident, which occurred during a thunderstorm.

Rescuers worked through the night to pull people from the debris on the side of a busy arterial road in the Mumbai suburb of Ghatkopar.

Maharashtra’s state chief announced in a post on X that a structural audit of all billboards in Mumbai has been ordered to prevent such incidents from happening again.