Heavy rains lash Mayanagri Mumbai: Death toll surges to 25

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Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced the government would pay Rs 5 lakh each to the heirs of the deceased.
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Guwahati: The death toll in landslides in Mumbai, triggered by heavy rains Saturday night, has risen to 25. The incident caused severe water logging ad disruption of suburban train services and vehicular traffic in the financial capital on Sunday.

Expressing grief over the loss of lives due to wall collapse in the Chembur and Vikhroli areas in Mumbai due to heavy rain, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced the government would pay Rs 5 lakh each to the heirs of the deceased and free treatment would be given to the injured.

Reportedly, 17 people died as a compound wall came crashing down on some houses located on a hillock after a landslide.

The retaining wall of the Bharatnagar locality in Mumbai’s Mahul area collapsed at 1 am, the official said. Seven people were injured and taken to nearby Rajawadi hospital.

Seven hutment dwellers died as six shanties collapsed after a landslide following incessant overnight rains in Mumbai’s Vikhroli suburb at 2.30 am. Two persons were injured and were sent to a nearby hospital.

A 16-year-old boy died after a forest department compound wall collapsed in suburban Bhandup, an official said.

Following the incident, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Mumbai in the backdrop of heavy rains.

A sudden change in climatic conditions led to Mumbai witnessing over 100 mm rainfall in six hours, the IMD said in an early morning bulletin. It also changed the rains forecast for the city from orange to red alert.

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