Schoolgirls hold hands and navigate their way through a flooded street as it rains in Mumbai on Wednesday. AP
Mumbai — home to 20 million people — has been hit by torrential downpours over the past two months amid the annual monsoon deluge.
Non-stop rain over several hours on Wednesday paralysed traffic, halted trains and delayed airport operations at the western city.
"We recovered a six-year-old boy Abubakar's body from the drains after yesterday's flooding," Mumbai police official Shashikant Awghade told AFP on Thursday.
Awghade said the child fell into a drain during the deluge on Wednesday. His parents searched for him through the night, but his body was only found by police early on Thursday.
Two municipal officers died after "falling in rainwater" and another man drowned in a river on Wednesday, the city's disaster management cell spokesman Tanaji Kamble told AFP.
A 24-year old youth drowned in the Mahim Creek near Kurla and his body was fished out by the Mumbai Fire Brigade later in the evening.
One boy, who had jumped into the swollen Mithi River for a swim along with three friends, is still missing, while the Indian Navy has launched a search for him since Thursday morning.
Residents spoke of being trapped in traffic for several hours amid chaotic scenes.
"It was a nightmare and the entire city came to a standstill," chartered accountant Kevin Gogri told AFP.
Maharashtra state government minister Ashish Shelar said schools would be closed on Thursday "as a precautionary measure."
Three people were killed and dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed after severe flooding in India’s financial hub Mumbai, with authorities warning of more heavy monsoon rains on Thursday.
Authorities in the Indian city of Mumbai issued a red alert on Tuesday and warned people not to venture out after heavy overnight rain in the financial hub brought flooding and travel chaos.
Torrential downpours have swept away homes, triggered landslides and claimed at least 180 lives across South Asia.
Authorities said the deaths occurred largely due to electrocutions caused by ill-maintained power lines even as large segments of the city suffered hours-long outages that lasted up to a day in some areas.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid also dispatched a message of condolence to Indian President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the victims of the train collision
At least 288 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a three-train collision in India, officials said Saturday, the country's deadliest rail accident in more than 20 years.
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