The death toll from the seven-storey building collapse on Thursday at Mumbai's Thane suburb touched 71 on Saturday as the tragedy continued to unfold with more bodies being taken out of the debris by the rescuers.
Officials said among the dead are several children- nine boys and 13 girls.
More than 60 people were reportedly injured while many were said to be still missing as rescue workers continued to cut through the mangled steel and concrete remains of the illegal building.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has confirmed that the building was illegal and ordered an enquiry to determine why local officials did not spot the construction and stop it.
The Deputy Municipal Commissioner has been suspended amid nationwide shock and anger over the gross negligence and deaths, which included that off around 22 children.
The seven storey building had reportedly been constructed in just six weeks with poor materials and an eighth storey was under construction when the building caved on itself.