As many as 26 people have died in four separate incidents of landslide, house collapse and electrocution in Mumbai following heavy rains that lashed the city in the early Sunday morning.
Following the incessant overnight rain in the city 26 people, including 17 persons were killed after a retaining wall collapsed in New Bharat Nagar in Mahul.
Seven hutment dwellers died as six shanties collapsed after a landslide following overnight rains in Surya Nagar in Panchsheel Chawl in Vikhroli east at 2.30 am.
A 16-year-old boy died after a forest department compound wall collapsed in suburban Bhandup, an official said.
Another person died due to electrocution at the Firdaus Mithai Shop in Andheri west on Sunday morning.
In another landslide at Chandivali, two people were injured.
A red alert has been sounded in the city and people have been advised not to venture out in the open.
A ground-plus-one residential building collapsed in the Vikhroli area in the morning hours of Sunday, killing 7 people, as per the city’s municipal body.
According to officials, 15 people have been rescued from Chembur’s Bharat Nagar area and nine people from Vikhroli’s Surya Nagar. Those injured have been moved to nearby hospitals for medical attention. Rescue operation is still on in both these areas as more people are feared to be trapped, the official said.
Mumbai recorded 176.96 mm rain between 8 pm and 8 am, officials said, adding that the eastern suburbs recorded 204.07 mm and the western 195.48 mm, respectively.
The downpour caused heavy flooding in low lying areas of Chunabhatti, Sion, Dadar, and Gandhi Market, Chembur and Kurla LBS Road.
Visuals from news agency ANI showed cars being swept away by the undercurrents in Borivali east area.
Train services suspended
The suburban train services were suspended due to waterlogging in the tracks due to the overnight downpour.
Central Railway said that due to waterlogging in tracks at Dadar, Parel, Matunga, Kurla, Sion, Bhandup and other locations, train services on mainline were suspended between CSMT and Thane.
Several long-distance trains on both Central Railway and Western Railway were affected due to the flooded tracks.
Mumbai will continue to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next five days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. In 2019, the city recorded 375.2 mm on July 2, the highest 24-hour rain for July since 2010.