Mumbai Rains LIVE: Over 25 people have been killed in rain-related incidents in Mumbai and Pune, with heavy rains forcing authorities to declare a public holiday today to ensure safety of Mumbaikars. At least 18 people were killed and six others injured after a compound wall collapsed on Tuesday due to heavy rains in Malad area here, NDRF officials said. The incident happened around 2am when the compound wall in Pimpripada of Malad East area collapsed and people living in shanties adjacent to wall got trapped under the debris.
NDRF officials said that the 18 deceased were the people living in the slums. “Our team of National Disaster Response Force along with sniffer dog reached the site of the incident immediately after receiving the information. Besides, a team of fire brigade and local police also reached the spot and took the control of the situation,” a senior NDRF official said.
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In Pune, six people were killed and four injured after a wall of Sinhgad College, Ambegaon collapsed at around 1.15am today. Also, three people died after Urdu School wall collapsed in Kalyan.
Several suburban and long-distance trains have been cancelled after railway tracks were flooded. The city received the highest rainfall in a decade over a two-day period since Sunday, hitting train and flight services, and resulting in massive traffic snarls.
Early on Tuesday, the Central Railways tweeted: “It’s nature’s fury… Moving trains in such rains in Kurla Thane section is safety hazard at this point of time… Suburban Train movement has been suspended till further advice. Inconvenience is deeply regretted.”