Building collapse kills three in Mumbai

Three people died when a dilapidated building collapsed in Mumbai.
At least three people have died in the collapse of a dilapidated building in Mumbai. -AP

A dilapidated residential building has collapsed in India's financial and entertainment capital, Mumbai, killing at least three people and injuring 11 others, officials say.

The four-storey building collapsed late on Monday night in the Kurla area of Mumbai.

Dozens of rescuers were clearing the debris to find at least four residents still trapped, news agency Press Trust of India reported, quoting government administrator Pravina Morajkar.

Television news channels showed residents joining firefighters and police officers in a bid to rescue people from the wreckage and take the injured to hospital.

Aaditya Thackeray, Maharashtra state's environmental minister, said the families had been asked to vacate the dilapidated building some time ago but continued to live there.

Building collapses are common in India during the June-September monsoon season when heavy rains weaken the foundations of structures that are poorly built.