At least 20 people have been killed in a landslide caused by heavy rains in the Indian city of Mumbai, officials said on Sunday.
The National Disaster Response Force said 17 people were killed and two others were injured when a wall collapsed early Sunday morning in several neighborhoods in the Mahul area. The injured were recovering in hospital.
In another incident, three people were killed in the vicinity of Vikhroli, when half a dozen huts collapsed on top of a mountain on Saturday night. Dozens of rescuers searched the wreckage for at least 15 people who may have been trapped.
The monsoon has lashed various parts of Mumbai, the capital of India’s entertainment and finance sector. Train services in the city have also been affected.
Landslides are common during the rainy season, while rainfall during the rainy season weakens the foundations of weak structures.
The monsoon lasts in the region between June and September. Rainfall is important for crops grown in season, but often causes a lot of damage.
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