17 dead, rain lashes Mumbai-Pune

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As heavy to very heavy rain stalled the Mumbai and Pune, the first big report of casualty came from Pune where at least 17 people died on Saturday after a 60-ft-wall wall of a residential complex collapsed near talab masjid in Pune’s Kondhwa area.

The wall collapsed on shanties which were built for the labourers working at a construction site nearby, they said.

The compound wall collapsed little after midnight of Friday and two to three people are still believed to be trapped and rescue operations are underway.

The deceased included nine men, a woman and four children, according to initial reports from the fire department officials. The deceased are yet to be identified.

Meanwhile Mumbai and Pune witnessed the first spell of heavy rains of this monsoon yesterday and more rains have been forecast in the coming days.

The Met office has predicted ‘extremely heavy rainfall’ in Konkan region and Mumbai in the next 24 hours. At least three persons were killed and five injured in rain-related incidents on Friday. Waterlogging was reported from areas like Dadar, Wadala, Worli, Kurla, Chembur, Bandra, Andheri, Kandivili, Vikhroli, Kanjurmarg and Bhandup, among others.

The pumping out of water is also delayed as Arabian Sea is in high tide. The authorities have asked Mumbaikars to avoid water logged areas.

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