NEW DELHI — The death toll in a building collapse in the western Indian city of Mumbai rose to 17 Wednesday, a day after the accident occurred, the fire department said.

Rescue workers continued to search for survivors at the site where the five-story building came crashing down.

At least 13 people were injured and about a dozen are still unaccounted for. The building was in an eastern suburb of Mumbai, India’s business and entertainment capital.

The cause of the collapse is still being investigated. Such accidents are common in India during the monsoon season, which is June to September. Poor enforcement of regulations encourages some builders to cut corners, use substandard materials or add unauthorized extra floors, leading to such accidents.

In addition, old buildings continue to be used without adequate safety checks.

On Tuesday, a portion of a 100-year-old building collapsed in the eastern city of Kolkata, killing two people.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.