India Monsoon Rains: 18 Died
Heavy monsoon rains hit India’s financial capital Mumbai and at least 18 people died after many homes were demolished by a collapsed wall as stated by authorities on Sunday.
According to the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), a falling tree destroyed a wall in the eastern suburb of Chembur and caused the burying of nearby residents, during Sunday’s early hours.
So far, twelve bodies had been recovered from the debris. However, rescuers were searching the site for further survivors and bodies.
In the Vikhroli district in the city’s northeast, six people lost their lives after a landslide struck five homes early Sunday, further stated by the NDRF.
Every year, India’s June-September monsoon season causes several building collapses as old and rickety structures buckles under days of non-stop rain.
Mumbai, with a population of 20 million people, has been struck by rainstorms since Saturday, which also affected local transport services.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department on early Sunday, moderate to heavy thundershowers were predicted for the coming two days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote his condolences on Twitter and stated that victims’ families would be there provided financial compensation.
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Last month, 12 people lost their lives when a building collapsed in a Mumbai slum area. Last year, in September, 39 people were killed when a three-story apartment block collapsed near Mumbai.