Twenty-two people died in a wall collapse incident in Mumbai, paralysed by incessant rainfall for the third consecutive day, as many parts of the financial capital remained waterlogged, prompting authorities to declare a holiday on 2nd July. Fourteen people died in rest of Maharashtra in rain-related incidents since 1st July, officials said.
Heavy rains lashing Mumbai since 30th June threw rail, air and road traffic out of gear, with several trains and flights being cancelled. With IMD forecasting of heavy rains, authorities declared a holiday in the city and adjoining regions, asking people to avoid stepping out of their houses. Twenty-one people were killed and 78 injured in a wall collapse incident in the northern suburb of Malad in Mumbai following heavy rains. One more person succumbed to injuries, raising the toll to 22.
The injured were admitted to civic-run hospitals and 15 of them were discharged after primary treatment, a senior civic official said. Efforts by rescue workers to get a 15-year-old girl out of the debris of the wall which collapsed in Malad, proved futile as she was brought out dead. Two persons died in Malad after they were locked up in a car flooded with rain water. One person was electrocuted in Vile Parle and a security guard was killed in a wall collapse in suburban Mulund.
The Correspondent Bureau with inputs from agencies