India, March 6 -- At least 250 families in a housing complex in Nilje, Dombivli, were left shelterless on late Saturday night after one of the five wings of Shanti Upvan, a building in the Lodha Heaven complex, developed visible cracks and parts of the base began caving in.

Residents of F wing noticed the cracks in their homes after 11 pm on Saturday night and exited their homes in panic even as the fire department, local ward officials, disaster management personnel and police rushed to the spot.

Shivanand Tiwari, who stays on the ground floor of F wing, told HT that it felt like an earthquake. "There was a loud noise, and dust enveloped the room," he said. "I immediately rushed out with my wife and two children. I doubt if the buildin...