27 dead as heavy rains cripple India's financial capital Mumbai

With the main lifelines of the millions of Mumbai commuters, the roads and trains remaining practically off-bounds, the state government early today declared a precautionary holiday for Mumbai.

Mumbai Fire Brigade and other agencies were engaged in massive rescue operations to rescue those trapped in the rubble.

On Monday, Mumbai received 375 mm of rainfall making it the maximum July downpour that the city has seen over a 24-hour period, breaking the record since 1974.

The incident happened around 2 am when the compound wall in Pimpripada of Malad East area collapsed and people living in shanties adjacent to wall got trapped under the debris.

Three people, including a toddler, were also killed Tuesday in Thane district, which borders Mumbai, when a wall collapsed at a school. Besides, two persons were washed away in flood waters in an overflowing river in Jawahar. Fire Brigade & NDRF had rushed to the spot", tweeted BMC.So far, four people were rescued and have been admitted at the Shatabdi hospital."4 people were rescued & have been admitted at the Shatabdi hospital.

Navi Mumbai and Western suburbs experienced heavy rains overnight and Versova and Andheri are water logged.

According to the IMD's classification, 15.6mm to 64.4mm of rainfall falls under "moderate", 64.5mm to 115.5mm is "heavy", 115.6mm to 204.4mm is "very heavy" and more than 204.5mm is "extreme".

The Mumbai airport's main runway remained closed on Tuesday after a SpiceJet aircraft from Jaipur overshot the runway while landing here.

A vehicle moves through a waterlogged street following heavy rains in Mumbai.

At least 18 people have died in India's financial capital of Mumbai Tuesday as heavy Monsoon rains beat down upon the city, bringing it to a standstill.

Twenty-four people have lost their lives, according to local media reports, including two men in a auto. While several trains were delayed in Central Line as railway tracks were submerged, 14 express trains were cancelled in Western line along with other 25 trains were delayed or rescheduled.

Mumbai meteorologists have noted that this year the country is witnessing one of its most intense monsoon spells with affected regions receiving their highest rainfall in a decade over a two-day period, according to local media. "The average rainfall in June exceeded in just three days", said CM.

At least 54 flights were diverted since the SpiceJet incident late on Monday, a spokeswoman for the airport said, and flight tracking website Flightradar24.com showed at least 57 cancellations to and from India's second busiest airport on Tuesday morning.

  • Leroy Wright