Mumbai landslide kills at least 25 people; crushes several homes
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and other rescue team personnel inspect the site of the landslide in a slum area where 18 people were killed after several homes were crushed by a collapsed wall and a landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Mumbai on July 18, 2021. (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)
AT LEAST 25 people were killed after several homes were crushed by a collapsed wall and a landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains in India’s financial capital Mumbai, authorities said Sunday (18).
A falling tree demolished a wall in the eastern suburb of Chembur during Sunday’s early hours, burying nearby residents, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said.
Seventeen bodies had been recovered from the rubble, it added. Rescuers were searching the scene for more survivors and bodies.
And in the suburb of Vikhroli in the city’s northeast, six people were killed after a landslide hit five homes early Sunday, the NDRF added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered condolences in a tweet and announced aid for the victims.
“Saddened by the loss of lives due to wall collapses in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. Praying that those who are injured have a speedy recovery,” Modi said.
His office announced Rs 200,000 ($2681) each for the next of kin of the deceased from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. A sum of Rs 50,000 ($670) would be given to the injured.
Building collapses are common during India’s June-September monsoon season, with old and rickety structures buckling under days of non-stop rain.
Mumbai, home to 20 million people, has been hit by downpours since Saturday (17), with local transport services affected.
The Indian Meteorological Department said early Sunday that “moderate to heavy rain or thundershowers” were forecast for the next two days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences and added that there would be financial compensation for victims’ families.
Last month, 12 people were killed when a building collapsed in a Mumbai slum.
In September, 39 people died when a three-storey apartment block collapsed in Bhiwandi near Mumbai.