At least 25 people died and many more were injured when several houses collapsed after landslides caused by relentless heavy rains in Mumbai, India, reports said.
Local authorities say as many as 11 collapses and landslides have been reported in India’s financial capital Mumbai in the past 24 hours.
Rescue workers used their hands to dig up the ground and retrieve the bodies.
A 16-year-old boy was killed after the wall of a forest reserve collapsed in Bhandup, officials said, while a 26-year-old was electrocuted to death in his shop in western Andheri. officials said.
Rain overnight caused severe flooding and disrupted Mumbai’s urban train services and vehicular traffic, according to Business Standard.
Such scenes are common in Mumbai during the monsoon season from June to September, as the old foundations of poorly built structures often collapse under the relentless rain, Reuters reported.
Early Sunday morning, a fallen tree destroyed a wall in Mumbai’s eastern Chembur district, burying nearby residents, the National Disaster Response Force said.
Grief over the loss of life due to wall collapse in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai. In this sad hour, I think of the bereaved family. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery: PM @narendramodi – PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 18, 2021
Rescuers have recovered 19 bodies from the wreckage and are searching for survivors and bodies believed to be trapped beneath the debris, the NDRF said.
“I saw a little girl trapped in the debris. She was screaming ‘save me, save me’,” Firoz Khan, who was caught in the pouring rain in Chembur, told Agence France-Presse. .
On Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent condolences and announced aid to the victims.
“Grief at the loss of life due to wall collapse in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
About 280 people died and more than 300 were injured in Mumbai in the past 29 years. As many as 22,482 people live in dangerous places at risk of landslides, the Deccan Herald said.
Meanwhile, the weather agency forecast “moderate to heavy rain or showers” for the next two days.
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