India: Building collapse kills 11 after monsoon flooding in Mumbai

Mumbai: A dilapidated building collapsed following heavy rains in the western Indian city of Mumbai, killing at least 11 people and injuring seven others, police said Thursday.

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Heavy monsoon rains during the day Wednesday had flooded several parts of the city that is India’s financial and entertainment capital.

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The three-storey building collapsed late Wednesday night, and police officer Ravindra Kadam said dozens of rescuers were clearing the debris to find any residents possibly still trapped.

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The New Delhi Television channel said the building collapsed onto another structure in a slum in the Malad West area of Mumbai.

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Residents joined the fire and police officers in rescuing people and they took the seven injured to a hospital in the suburban Kandivali area.

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Mumbai recorded 222 millimeters (8 inches) of rain in 12 hours Wednesday. Tidal waves that reached up to 4. 6 meters (13 feet) prevented the rainfall from being drained, and roads, rail tracks and neighborhoods were left waterlogged.

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Building collapses are common in India during the June-September monsoon season when heavy rains weaken the foundations of structures that are poorly built.

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In 2019, a three-story building collapsed in a hilly area in the northern Indian town of Solan following heavy rains, killing 14 people. A four-story building collapsed in Mumbai the same year and killed 10 people.

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