Twenty-one people died in the Mumbai suburb of Chembur, in India’s western Maharashtra state, while 10 people were killed in the Vikhroli suburb. according to Satya Pradhani
, the Director General of India’s National Disaster Response Force.
Rescue efforts continued throughout the night, with workers digging through mud and debris to find survivors.
Mumbai’s water supply was also affected after a purification complex, the city’s municipal company, was flooded said
on Twitter. It added that thunderstorms and “extremely heavy rainfall
” would continue in isolated places.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the families of the dead.
“Saddened by the loss of life due to the collapse of the wall in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai,” Modi said. wrote
on Twitter. “In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved.”
In the 24 hours ending Monday morning local time, Mumbai airport has recorded more than 250 millimeters (9.8 inches) of precipitation, according to data analyzed by CNN Weather.
Mumbai, a city of 12 million people, regularly experiences heavy rainfall during the July-September monsoon season. The rain often causes building collapses, especially in poorer districts known to house illegal or poorly constructed housing.
According to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the number of widespread extreme rainfall events in Central India tripled between 1950 and 2015. Long dry spells have been interrupted by eruptions of extreme rainfall, leaving hundreds of thousands vulnerable to the risks that come with it.
In July 2019, at least 43 people died in the city due to heavy rainfall. A dam that burst near Ratnagiri district destroyed seven villages, a National Disaster Response Force commander told CNN.
In 2005, more than 1,000 people died in flooding in Maharashtra state, including 410 from Mumbai, according to a study by the United Nations Human Settlement Program. The Indian Meteorological Department recorded 940 millimeters (37 inches) of rain in the city, making it one of the worst extreme weather events the city has experienced.