At least 6 people have died from massive flooding in one of India's biggest cities - and more rain is coming
More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh, and Nepal in the worst floods to strike South Asia in years.Many parts of the city are still heavily under water, causing the city of 20 million people to grind to a halt over the last several days.
In a message on Twitter, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered crisis-mitigation assistance to the government of Maharashtra. And the rain isn't done yet.
Unabated construction on floodplains and coastal areas, as well as storm water drains and waterways clogged by plastic garbage, have made the city increasingly vulnerable to storms.Advertisement
The deluge revived memories of 2005 floods that killed more than 500 people, the majority of them in shantytown slums where more than half the city's population lives. Here, a man balances himself as he walks on a wall at a water-logged neighborhood.
Several firms made arrangements to provide food and rest areas for employees stuck in offices, while officials of temples and religious bodies offered help to those stranded on streets.Advertisement
In the neighboring city of Thane, three people died after being swept away by floods, police added.
So far, police say a 45-year-old woman and a 1-1/2-year-old child, members of the same family, died after their home in the northeastern suburb of Vikhroli crumbled late on Tuesday, while a 2-year-old girl died in a wall collapse.Advertisement
Traffic police have also worked to clear the stranded cars.
Some low-lying areas remained under water, causing vehicle pile-ups and leaving many cars stranded. Here, people help a woman to move her car.Advertisement
Authorities ordered schools and colleges to shut following forecasts of more rain, but many offices have remained open leading commuters to walk to work. Mumbai is home to India's two major stock exchanges and several major companies' headquarters.
The city received nearly a month's equivalent of rainfall in a single day.Advertisement
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