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    At Least 13 Killed as Compound Wall Collapses in Mumbai Due to Heavy Rain - Report

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    The incident happened on Tuesday in Pimpripada in the area of Malad East. According to the media outlet NDTV, citing local officials, at least three people could be still trapped under the debris of the collapsed wall.

    The death toll following the collapse of the wall has risen to 13, local authorities said in a statement.

    Earlier, NDTV reported that at least 13 people had been transported to a hospital. A rescue operation is reportedly underway.

    Local authorities reportedly expect more heavy rainfall in the nearby areas of Thane and Palghar in the coming days. Local police have said in a statement on Twitter that local residents should check the weather updates regularly and plan their schedule accordingly.

    Meanwhile, the authorities of Mumbai's Maharashtra state have declared a public holiday "for the safety" of local citizens.

    Mumbai meteorologists have said that the country is witnessing one of its most intense monsoon spells this year with the affected regions receiving their highest rainfall in a decade over a two-day period, according to NDTV.

    Heavy rain started battering India's financial capital Mumbai on Monday allegedly causing a disruption to the local commuter train network and delaying flights from the country's second-busiest airport.

    Floods in 2005 killed more than 500 people in Mumbai, according to Reuters. The majority of deaths occurred in shanty town slums, which are home to more than half of Mumbai's population.

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