"All the water is sent to Mumbai, we are left with nothing," said villager Ashok Shinde. "The government encourages us to breed animals but what will we give them to drink if we don’t have any water to drink ourselves?"
Around 10,000 people were camped near the remote Amarnath temple, nestled in a Himalayan mountain cave, when a sudden cloudburst triggered a deluge.
Monday's flooding forced citizens to empty basements and parking lots, spend more time on the roads in traffic and face power outages in places. The city has received 141% more rainfall than average since the start of monsoon season on June 1.
Several other monuments and gardens located in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal, closer to the banks of the Yamuna, however, "have been submerged" and damaged, said Raj Kumar Patel, superintendent archaeologist with ASI.
Rescuers searched for over 12 hours in heavy rains and fog, dodging large boulders that tumbled down the mountain slope, a Reuters witness and local media reported.
According to a new report from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in 2022 alone, over 140 disasters struck the region, leading to over 7,500 deaths.
The car, belonging to local resident Kiran Doshi, could be seen slowly falling, front-forward, into the large, muddy water-filled hole, bobbing for a few seconds before disappearing entirely, as CCTV footage showed.
A man and his son died trying to save their livestock in Gujarat state, where the storm came ashore late on Thursday after more than 180,000 people took shelter in the two countries.
The monsoon, the lifeblood of India's $3 trillion economy, delivers nearly 70% of the rain needed to water its farms and recharge reservoirs and aquifers. It also brings relief from the worst of the hot weather.
Strong winds, heavy rain and high tides lashed India's Gujarat coast late on Thursday as cyclone Biparjoy made landfall after authorities there and in neighbouring Pakistan had evacuated more than 180,000 people to safety.