Dam bursts in India after rains, killing eight

Seasonal rains have crippled India's financial center of Mumbai this week, disrupting rail and air traffic in the city of 18 million. (File photo: AFP)

Heavy monsoon rains caused the breach of a small dam in western India, washing away dozens of homes and killing at least eight people with 18 missing, a government official said on Wednesday.

Seasonal rains have crippled India's financial center of Mumbai this week, disrupting rail and air traffic in the city of 18 million, while wall collapses have killed nearly 30 people.

Tuesday’s breach of the Tiware dam in the coastal district of Ratnagiri, nearly 275 km (170 miles) south of Mumbai, washed away dozens of homes, an official of the Maharashtra state government said.

“We have located eight dead bodies and over 15 people are still missing,” said spokesman Alok Awasthy.

State officials have asked the National Disaster Response Force to help find the missing.

In every monsoon season, from June to September, India suffers fatal incidents of building and wall collapses as rainfall weakens the foundations of poorly-built structures.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:59 - GMT 06:59
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