People ride on a truck on a flooded road after a heavy rainfall in Mumbai. Francis Mascarenhas / Reuters
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.
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.
“Two BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) staffers died after falling in rainwater on Wednesday. Another man drowned in an overflowing Mithi river,” the city’s disaster management cell spokesman Tanaji Kamble told AFP.
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.”
The city’s residents were bracing for more chaos on Thursday with the India Meteorological Department issuing an alert for the “possibility of very heavy rainfall.”
A six-year-old boy was among five people killed after severe flooding hit India's financial hub Mumbai, resulting in dozens of cancelled or delayed flights, officials said on Thursday.
Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muralidharan stated that there exists no ban on accepting foreign contributions towards Kerala flood relief. “Nobody has said not to accept foreign funds for flood relief”,
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Mariam Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the Arab League, represented the UAE during the signing ceremony.
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