Landslide in India after heavy rains kills 20

Five to six houses collapsed at Panchsheel Chawl in the Surya Nagar neighborhood of Vikhroli in Mumbai, killing three and injuring two Collection

A red alert has been raised in the city and people have been advised not to venture out into the open

At least 20 people have died after being trapped under the rubble of their homes in Mumbai in India following heavy rains that hit the city and its suburbs for several hours until Sunday morning.

A red alert has been set off in the city and people have been advised not to venture out into the open, NDTV reports.

A ground-plus-one residential building collapsed in the Vikhroli region on Sunday morning, killing three people, according to BMC, the city’s municipal body.

Fifteen people were rescued from Bharat Nagar area to Chembur and nine people from Surya Nagar to Vikroli, officials said, adding that the injured had been transferred to nearby hospitals for medical treatment.

The rescue operation is still underway in these two areas as there are fears that more people may be trapped, the official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by the loss of human life and announced compensation of 2 lakh rupees each to the families of the deceased.

Mumbai city recorded 156.94 mm of rain between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., officials said, adding that the eastern suburbs recorded 143.14 mm and western 125.37 mm respectively.

The downpour caused heavy flooding in the low lying areas of Chunabhatti, Sion, Dadar and Gandhi Market, Chembur and Kurla LBS Road.

Images from the ANI news agency showed cars being washed away by undercurrents in the eastern Borivali area.

Commuter train services in the financial capital have been suspended due to track congestion caused by the overnight downpour.

Central Railway said that due to track congestion at Dadar, Parel, Matunga, Kurla, Sion, Bhandup and other places, rail services on the main line have been suspended between CSMT and Thane.

Several long-distance trains on the Central and Western railroads were affected due to the flooded tracks.

Mumbai will continue to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall over the next five days, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

In 2019, the city recorded 375.2 mm on July 2, the heaviest 24-hour rain for July since 2010.

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