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Five killed in new Mumbai building collapse

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At least five people have been killed in a building collapse in the Indian city of Mumbai - the second such incident in as many days.

Six people were injured when the four-storey building came crashing down early in the morning, officials say.

The building was vacated by a city firm two years ago, but illegal dwellers - believed to be vegetable sellers - used to take shelter there overnight.

Ten people died after the collapse of another building near Mumbai on Friday.

Eight people were also injured after the latest incident in Thane district, about 35km (20 miles) from central Mumbai.

Police are now investigating the two cases.

A local official was quoted by India's NDTV as saying the building that went down on Saturday had earlier been declared "dangerous" by the Mumbai authorities.

The building, which was reportedly built 30 years ago, was vacated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) two years ago.

It was not immediately known whether any people were trapped under the rubble.

Correspondents say such incidents are common in India and are often blamed on poor construction practices.

In April, 74 people were killed in another building collapse on the outskirts of Mumbai.

And earlier this month, four people were killed when a five-storey building collapsed in the city.

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