Mumbai landslides and floods kill 20 people

Mumbai landslides and floods kill 20 people
Mumbai landslides and floods kill 20 people

Heavy monsoon rains in western India caused widespread destruction and triggered flash floods and several landslides in part of the country's largest city, Mumbai.

Mumbai International Airport recorded 235 mm of rainfall in the 24 hours through July 18, 2021, while the Mumbai Colaba weather station recorded 197 mm. Neighboring areas of Maharashtra state also experienced heavy rainfall, including Ratnagiri, which received 256 mm of rainfall over the same period.

Several houses were destroyed in the Mumbai suburbs Chembure and Vihroli by heavy rain and landslides caused by rain on 18 July, officials said.

Rescuers worked frantically to find survivors. According to the latest estimates, at least 14 bodies were recovered from the collapsed buildings in Chembur, and 6 people were killed in Vihroli. Dozens of people were reportedly injured. Rescuers fear that more victims may be trapped inside.

In response, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that he was "saddened by the loss of life as a result of the collapse of buildings in Tambour and Vihroli in Mumbai. In this hour of sorrow, my thoughts are with the families of the victims. I pray for the speedy recovery of those who have suffered."

Due to bad weather, water supply has been disrupted in many areas of the city. According to the city authorities (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation - BMC), rains and floods have damaged the water treatment complex in Bhandup. On July 18, the complex had to be closed as a precautionary measure. "Efforts to restore Mumbai's water supply are ongoing. We urge Mumbai residents to boil their drinking water before drinking as soon as the water supply is restored," BMC said.

Heavy rains have also caused flooding in several areas of the city, disrupting traffic since July 16. The railway service was interrupted on 18 July.

Some of the most severe floods occurred in the Miti River area at the end of 17 July. NDRF teams were dispatched to areas along the river in the Kurla area to assist in the aftermath of the floods.

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