20 killed in Mumbai landslides, PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh


Guwahati: At least 20 people died and several others were injured in the Mahul and Vikhroli area of Mumbai after incessant overnight rains caused houses to crumble and collapse in a landslide, officials said.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said four to five houses have been affected by the landslide and at least six to eight people are feared to be trapped in the rubble.

While 10 bodies were retrieved by the BrihanMumbai Corporation (BMC) and fire brigade personnel before NDRF reached, one person was found dead later. The 17 people were brought dead to civic-run Rajawadi Hospital and two were discharged after being treated for their injuries, BMC’s disaster management cell said.

The NDRF team, present at the spot is carrying out a search and rescue operation, officials said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the deaths. “Saddened by the loss of lives due to wall collapses in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai,” he tweeted. “In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. Praying that those who are injured have a speedy recovery.”

Modi announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the incidents.