25 dead in Mumbai, Thane in overnight rains

At least 25 people were killed in Mumbai and Thane as the cities received heavy rains throughout the day and night on Monday forcing authorities to declare a public holiday amid forecast of more showers.

According to Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials, 13 people died after a wall collapsed on a few hutments built on a hill slope in Kurar village at Malad East.

The incident was reported at around 1am on Tuesday after which the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) and NDRF officials reached the spot. According to the fire brigade officials, four people were rescued and have been admitted at the Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali. They said search and rescue operations are still on.

School education minister Ashish Shelar confirmed late on Monday night that all schools in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Palghar will remain shut on Tuesday. Several city colleges have also called the day off after students complained about waterlogging across the city.

Indian Navy deploys various teams to provide assistance to rain hit and stranded people, in Kurla area following a request by BMC. About 1000 people have been shifted to safety with the help of NDRF, fire brigade, Naval teams as well as local volunteers.

The Central Railway has also decided to run local trains in limited corridors due to water logging on the railway tracks.

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