India’s largest city, Mumbai, on Tuesday, July 2, experienced its worst heavy monsoon in a decade. Heavy rains caused three retaining walls to collapse on huts and city shanties, killing at least 27 people and injuring dozens more.
At least 18 people died and 66 others were injured when a 35-foot retaining wall collapsed during the night, police said.
Nine more people died when another two walls collapsed in the heavy downpour in Maharashtra State.
Rescue teams with sniffer dogs searched the area for victims. Rescuer workers from the Indian navy were deployed to help save residents in the Indian financial and entertainment capital.
Everyday, millions of passengers commute on city trains. Monday’s heavy rains flooded roads and covered train tracks.
The continuous heavy rainfall over the past few days caused flooding and the floodwaters entered homes. Some locals resorted to other means of transportation.
A Mumbai resident stranded at the train station said they have been waiting since 7 o’clock in the morning. Due to the flooding, train services were canceled or postponed and people are facing a lot of inconvenience, said the resident whose name was not provided.
The city airport’s main runway had to close on Tuesday, after an aircraft skidded off the runaway, airport officials tweeted.
Currently secondary runway is in use, our team is trying their best to bring the main runway back in operation and this may take upto 48 hrs
— CSIA (@CSIAMumbai) July 2, 2019
Mumbai’s local government declared Tuesday a public holiday as incessant heavy monsoon rains continued to pound down relentlessly on India’s financial hub. The Maharashtra government declared that emergency services would continue to operate, as weather officials warned of more rain.
Every year the monsoon season in India brings heavy rains from June to September, causing flooding and other damages. Buildings and walls collapse because the rainwater weakens the foundations of badly built structures.
Weather forecasters said Mumbai has received the highest rainfall in a decade in just over a two-day period.