Over 30 dead in Mumbai from heaviest monsoon rain in decades

The heaviest monsoon rains in a decade have struck Mumbai and nearby areas, killing over 30 people as of today (July 3) and dramatically affecting the livelihood of most, according to reports.

After nearly 16 inches of rain fell Monday (July 1) in some areas, several parts of the city became overrun in waist deep water. Local train and bus services have been disrupted, with schools and colleges were closing as well. Nearly 50 flights were canceled from Mumbai airport, where a SpiceJet plane overshot the runway.

The rains led to the collapse of three walls, which caused most of the deaths, according to reports. A municipal wall in a Mumbai slum killed 21 when it fell. Six died after another wall collapsed in Pune, and three died after one fell in Thane, a suburb of Mumbai.

It was the second heaviest rainfall in Mumbai in the last 45 years, Maharashtra’s chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, said in a tweet. In just three days, the city and its more than 20 million residents have endured more rain than they typically do during the entire month of June, he wrote.