Landslide in Mumbai causes 31 deaths, thunderstorms go on

19:58, 19 July 2021
Landslide in Mumbai causes 31 deaths, thunderstorms go on Photo: MККК press-service

At least 21 people have died in the Mumbai suburb of Chembur and 10 in the suburb of Vikhroli.

India's National Disaster Response Force Director General Satya Pradhan has announced that at least 31 people were found dead in Mumbai after torrential rain that gravely damaged the city in the last two days.

The thunderstorm caused a number of landslides which destroyed cars and buildings in the financial capital of India. Many people were caught in the death trap while sleeping. 

Rescuers have been sent to the scene looking for survivors under the rubble.

The storm has also considerably damaged the local water purification plant. It is reported that a part of the city is deprived of drinking water. Local authorities suggest boiling tap water before drinking.

The calamity is not over yet. According to local meteorological forecasters, the storm is predicted for the next five days. The residents are advised to prepare themselves for further disasters.

Since the city of Mumbai is situated on the coast it suffers from monsoon every year. However, over the last years, there have been changes in seasonal rains. The monsoon has shifted towards long dry spells interrupted by strong rainfalls which results in massive floods. Eco-activists believe that this is a sign of climate change. The theory is confirmed by State environment minister Aadtiya Thackeray.

“We have been talking about climate change and it is happening.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his condolences to the families of those killed.

It is reported that the city is also under the threat of rising sea levels.