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Graphic locates the site of the Mumbai billboard collapse.
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ACCIDENT

Many killed and injured in Mumbai billboard collapse

By Ninian Carter

May 14, 2024 - At least 14 people were killed and scores more injured after a giant advertising billboard fell onto a petrol station in a suburb of Mumbai during a sudden storm.

A least 14 people have been killed and dozens more injured in Mumbai, India, after a massive advertising billboard, which had been illegally erected, collapsed during a sudden storm.

The billboard, measuring almost 37 metres square and weighing over 200 tonnes, blew over onto a petrol station in the Chheda Nagar, Ghatkopar area of the city following the arrival of high winds and rain.

Authorities say the billboard’s dimensions were several times the permitted size and that Ego Media, the advertising agency that built it, did not have permission.

Several additional giant hoardings in the area have also been erected by the agency without obtaining permits.

Mumbai is one of several Indian cities prone to severe weather-related incidents during the monsoon season, which usually arrives between June and September.

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PUBLISHED: 14/05/2024; STORY: Graphic News
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