Landslides kill a minimum of 15 in Mumbai after heavy rains By Reuters

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© Reuters. Rescue workers remove debris as they search for survivors after a residential home collapsed due to a landslide caused by heavy rainfall on July 18, 2021 in Mumbai, India. REUTERS / Niharika Kulkarni

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – At least 15 people died after several homes collapsed in two suburbs of Mumbai due to landslides caused by heavy rainfall, local officials said on Sunday.

Rescuers were seen digging the ground with their hands to retrieve bodies, which local television showed, and authorities said more could be trapped in the rubble.

Four of the injured were taken to a nearby hospital, officials said. Local TV stations showed how rescuers carried the injured on makeshift stretchers with cloths in narrow streets.

In one of the neighborhoods, about half a dozen huts collapsed on top of each other at the bottom of a hill, officials said.

Several areas in the city were flooded after heavy rains in the past 24 hours and suburban train traffic was cut, crippling India’s financial capital, where building slumps were more common during the monsoons.

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