at least 23 dead in bad weather

A landslide caused by heavy rains claimed the deaths of 23 Indians.

At least 23 people have died in India when a wall collapsed on houses and in a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rainfall in Mumbai (West), the authorities said on Sunday.

In Chembur, an eastern suburb of Bombay, an uprooted tree fell on a wall that buried several houses, according to the Natural Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Seventeen bodies were recovered from the rubble, she said as the search continued. In the suburb of Vikhroli (northeast) six people were killed in a landslide that affected five houses.

The great monsoons from June to September are vital to the life and agriculture of the Indian subcontinent, but it causes significant damage every year and kills hundreds in this region of the world that is home to a fifth of humanity.

Bombay, where 20 million people live, has been hit by heavy rains since Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences and announced compensation to the victims’ families.

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