27 Killed, Dozens Rescued After Heavy Rainfall

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Not less than 27 people have been killed in the second day of continuous rainfall in Mumbai, India’s financial capital city.

The situation has disrupted rail and air traffic systems, and has also prompted officials to shut schools and offices, according to Reuters.

The monsoon rains were said to have caused wall to collapse, leading to the deaths on Tuesday.

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Reports indicate that, during every monsoon season, which runs from June to September, India experiences serious incidents of building and wall collapses, as rainfall weakens the foundations of poorly built structures.

Heavy rain caused a wall to crash down on shanties built on a hill slope in Malad; a suburb of Mumbai, killing 18 people, a fire brigade official said.

“Rescue work is still going on,” the official added. So far we have rescued more than two dozen people.”

Three people were said to have died when a school wall collapsed in the city of Kalyan, 42 kilometres north of Mumbai.

 

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