On Wednesday, heavy monsoon rains broke up a small dam in western India, destroying dozens of homes and killing at least six people, according to a government official.
Seasonal rains have paralyzed Mumbai’s financial center in India this week, disrupting rail and air traffic in the city of 18 million, while landslides on the walls have killed nearly 30 people.
The breach of the Tiware Dam on Tuesday in the coastal district of Ratnagiri, about 275 km south of Mumbai, destroyed dozens of homes, said a state government official in Maharashtra.
“Around 18 people are missing,” he added. “Six dead bodies have been recovered.”
State officials have asked the National Disaster Response Force to help find the missing.
Every monsoon season from June to September, India suffers fatal incidents of collapsing buildings and walls, rain weakening the foundations of poorly constructed structures.
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