30 killed in Mumbai landslides

19 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

MUMBAI: At least 30 people died in three Mumbai suburbs after several houses collapsed when heavy rain triggered landslides, officials said on Sunday, and forecasts of further downpours could force authorities to relocate people living in danger zones, reports Reuters.

Rescuers were seen using bare hands to dig up the ground to retrieve bodies as torrential rain measuring between 150 mm to over 200 mm in some areas, submerged many areas and played havoc with road and rail traffic.

At least 12 persons were killed when a wall collapsed after a tree fell at Vashi Naka in the Chembur area around 1am, according to the BMC Disaster Cell and NDRF.Moreover, 8 injured people have been rushed to the Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar and are undergoing treatment.

Local television news channels showed rescuers carrying the injured on makeshift stretchers using cloth inside narrow lanes.

However, the rain’s repercussions were not felt much immediately since it was a Sunday, with most people remaining indoors, as the intensity dropped since daybreak.

In one of the neighbourhoods, about half a dozen huts located at the base of a hillock collapsed on top of each other, officials said.

Several areas in the city were waterlogged after heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours and suburban train services were disrupted, crippling India’s financial capital, where incidents of building collapses have become more common during the monsoon.