India monsoon rains kill dozens; Mumbai at standstill

Saul Bowman
July 3, 2019

Heavy monsoon rains in western India caused at least three walls to collapse on to huts and city shanties, killing at least 27 people and injuring dozens of others, officials said on Tuesday, as forecasters warned of more rain.

Over 20 people have been killed overnight after heavy rainfall triggered the collapse of three walls in India.

Three people died when a school wall collapsed in the city of Kalyan, 42 km (26 miles) north of Mumbai.

Main runway of the Mumbai airport was shut for operation after a flight overshot the main runway.

The Malad wall collapse issue also figured in the state legislature on the last day of the monsoon session Tuesday, with former deputy CM Ajit Pawar seeking dissolution of the Shiv Sena-ruled BMC.

A man wades through a waterlogged railway track following heavy rains in Mumbai.

Rescuers from the fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are using drilling machines and cutters to widen the space to allow the trapped woman and child to come out.

The injured were admitted to civic-run hospitals and 15 of them were discharged after primary treatment, a senior civic official told reporters here.

In 2005, floods had killed more than 500 people in Mumbai, the majority in shantytown slums home to more than half the city's population.

"Rescue work is still going on", the official added.

The government has declared a public holiday for Mumbai on Tuesday, in the wake of the extremely heavy rainfall forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). "On harbour line at Vadala Road trains running with slow speed". Thane to Vashi and Panvel in trans harbour line.

Frequency may be less between Vasai Road and Virar due to receipt of outstation trains.

Local trains, which is said to be the lifeline for Mumbai's 20 million inhabitants, have been affected badly with many suburban & long-distance trains being cancelled.

Meanwhile, a goods train derailed between Karjat and Lonavala in Maharashtra on Monday, affecting movement of trains between Mumbai and Pune, PTI reported.The Central Railway alerted passengers about the list of trains that were diverted.

A vehicle moves through a waterlogged street following heavy rains in Mumbai.

Power utility companies have also suspended the supply in some suburban areas of Mumbai as a precautionary measure. "My thoughts are with families who lost loved ones & prayers for speedy recovery of injured", Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra, said on Twitter.

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