Heavy rains pound India's Mumbai, disrupting rail, air traffic | Daily News

Heavy rains pound India's Mumbai, disrupting rail, air traffic

A wall collapsed on shanties in India's financial capital of Mumbai on Tuesday, killing at least 13 people as a second straight day of heavy rain disrupted rail and air traffic, forcing authorities to declare a public holiday.

Mumbai is looking to turn itself into a global financial hub but large parts of the city struggle to cope with annual monsoon rains, as widespread construction and garbage-clogged drains and waterways make it increasingly vulnerable to chaos.

The rain brought the wall crashing down on shanties built on a hill slope in Malad, a western suburb, a fire brigade official said.

"Rescue work is still going on," the official added. "So far we have rescued more than a dozen people."

More than 300mm of rain fell over 24 hours in some areas, flooding streets and railway tracks, forcing the suspension of some suburban train services, which millions of commuters ride to work each day.


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