India monsoons: Collapse of four-storey building leaves more than 40 trapped in Mumbai

Adam Withnall

A four-storey building has collapsed in a densely populated neighbourhood of Mumbai amid monsoon rains in India, trapping more than 40 people in the rubble.

Fire service officials said the residential building came down in the Dongri area of the city, India's financial and entertainment capital, and that a search and rescue operation was under way.

Mumbai has been hit by several fatal wall collapses this year during the monsoon rains that come annually between June and September, as the city's poorly-designed infrastructure struggles to cope with the downpour.

It comes as the Indian government said around 3.7 million people had been displaced from their homes by rising flood waters in the northeastern states of Bihar and Assam.

At least 130 people are estimated to have died so far this year across India, Nepal and Bangladesh due to the monsoons. More bad weather is expected in the coming days.

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