In this month of July, severe bad weather continues to kill across the world. At least 34 people have died in India, crushed by a collapsing wall after a landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Mumbai, authorities said on Sunday.
The rain also flooded a water purification complex, disrupting the supply “in most parts of Bombay”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also sent his condolences via Twitter and announced financial assistance for the families of the victims.
Rains forecast at least until Tuesday
In Chembur, on the eastern outskirts of India’s financial capital, an uprooted tree fell on a wall that buried several homes and 21 bodies were recovered from the rubble, the Natural Disaster Response Force said Sunday evening after completing research operations. And in the suburb of Vikhroli, northeast of Mumbai, ten people were killed in a landslide that hit five homes early on Sunday.
The city of Mumbai has been hit by torrential rains since Saturday, and local transport services have been affected. The municipality did not say when the drinking water supply would be restored, but advised residents to boil the water before consuming it. The Indian meteorological services said on Sunday that “moderate to heavy rains or thunderstorms” were forecast for the next two days.
Frequent disasters during the monsoon
Building collapses are common in India during the monsoon season from June to September, with ancient and shaky structures giving way under days of unremitting rain. Last month, 12 people were killed in a building collapse in a Bombay slum, and in September 39 people were killed in a three-story building collapse in Bhiwandi, near the financial capital.