(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) At least six people were killed and nearly a dozen injured after a fire broke out in a slum colony in Mahim in central Mumbai in the early hours of Friday.
According to the fire brigade, the fire raged through the Nayanagar slum colony, destroying scores of huts and rendering hundreds homeless. The cause of the fire has not been established, though it is suspected a gas cylinder blast could have triggered it.
Most of the victims were asleep when the fire broke out and could not escape from its fury. The injured were rushed to nearby public hospitals, where at least six succumbed to their burn injuries. Several slum-dwellers could be seen rummaging through the debris, trying to retrieve their belongings.
Mahim, Dharavi, Sion and King's Circle areas in central Mumbai house hundreds of thousands of slum-dwellers who live in hovels and in unhygienic conditions. Dharavi is one of the largest shanties in Asia, home to nearly a million. Both the central and state governments have over the decades promised to remove the slum colonies and provide alternate accommodation for the residents, but all the grand plans have failed miserably.