At least 34 people died after several houses were crushed by a collapse of a wall and a landslide as a result of heavy monsoon rains in Mumbai, Indian authorities reported today.

The water also flooded a water purification plant, cutting off supplies “in most parts of Mumbai,” a megalopolis of 20 million people and India’s financial capital, authorities said.

The fall of a tree knocked down a wall in the suburb of Chembur (east) in the early morning of today and left the inhabitants buried, indicated the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

So far 21 bodies have been recovered from the rubble, he said.

“In the house next door I saw a little girl who was trapped in the rubble. She was screaming ‘Save me, save me,'” Firoz Khan, who was caught in the downpour in Chembur, told AFP.

“Her body was stuck in the mud. Somehow, I managed to get her out. She had injuries to her legs and I narrowly survived the collapse,” he explained.

In the northeastern suburb of Vikhroli, ten people died after a landslide affected five houses early Sunday, the NDRF explained.

Three other people were killed in incidents caused by the flood, the Times of India newspaper reported.

Mumbai was affected by the downpours since Saturday.

Building collapses are common during the monsoon season in India from June to September, caused by old structures collapsing under days of uninterrupted rain.

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