Heavy rain has caused at least 15 deaths and triggered massive rail, road and air transport disruptions in India’s financial capital Mumbai.
The victims died when a wall collapsed on them in the early hours of Tuesday after persistent rainfall for two days.
Heavy rain brought a wall crashing down early on Tuesday morning on shanties built on a hill slope in Malad, a western suburb of Mumbai, a fire brigade official said.
“Rescue work is still going on,” the official added. “So far we have rescued more than two dozen people.”
As weather officials forecast intermittent heavy showers and isolated extremely heavy rainfall, authorities called a holiday for government offices and educational institutions.
“Rain is expected to remain intense even today,” city authorities said on Twitter. “We request you to stay indoors unless there’s an emergency.”
The Indian navy has deployed various teams for rescue and relief works in Mumbai.
Met department officials have confirmed that this is the heaviest rainfall in the city for a decade.
Experts have blamed rapid construction and bad urban planning for what many call Mumbai’s annual rain chaos.
The victims were mostly labourers working at a construction site in the suburban area of Malad. Authorities said the wall had weakened after several days of rainfall.
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