22 dead, several injured in Mumbai landslides after heavy rains
At least 22 people were killed and several others injured in Mumbai and one of its suburbs after they were trapped under houses that collapsed due to landslides following heavy rains that lashed the city and nearby areas on Saturday night and on Sunday morning, officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths in Chembur and Vikhroli and announced the victims' families will be given ₹200,000 each. "Saddened by the loss of lives due to wall collapses in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. Praying that those who are injured have a speedy recovery," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.
According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC's) disaster management cell, the accident in Vashi Naka of Mumbai's Mahul area was reported at around 6.30am when the retaining wall of a house collapsed due to a tree fall, it said.
"Three bodies have been recovered and five to six more people are feared trapped in the debris of the building that collapsed in Vikhroli area following incessant rainfall in Mumbai," National Disaster Response Force's (NDRF's) deputy commandant Ashish Kumar told news agency ANI earlier.
BMC's disaster management cell said the 17 people were brought dead to the Rajawadi Hospital and two were discharged after being treated for their injuries.
In a separate accident, fic people died and two were injured after four to five houses collapsed due to a landslide in the Vikhroli area due to heavy rainfall overnight. The accident was reported at around 2.40am.
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The city reported heavy rainfall overnight especially between 12am to 2am. Waterlogging was reported at several places in the city, including Borivali, Kandivali, Malad, Andheri, Chembur, Kurla, Gandhi Market, Hindmata, etc.
According to BMC, the island city recorded a rainfall of 156 mm followed by eastern suburbs reporting 143 mm of heavy rainfall and western suburbs reporting 125 mm of rainfall between 8pm on Saturday and 2am on Sunday.
The Central Railway and Western Railway suspended suburban train services due to waterlogging in the tracks after the overnight heavy downpour. "@WesternRly Currently No local train services are running in both UP and DN direction till further notice due to water logging at multiple locations," Mumbai Central's divisional railway manager (DRM) tweeted.