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India: monsoon arrives, Mumbai paralyzed by floods

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(ANSA) – NEW DELHI, 06 JUL – Mumbai, the Indian economic capital, was paralyzed yesterday due to the intensity of the monsoon rains. As large areas of the city and surrounding areas remain flooded with water, the Indian Meteorological Department has launched an orange alert predicting even more heavy rain for the next five days. Teams of first responders on natural disasters were sent to the metropolis as a precautionary measure. The newly elected governor of the state, Eknath Shinde visited the Center that manages the interventions to supervise the rescue operations of numerous people trapped in the fetid waters overflowing from the sewers and in the mud that has invaded the streets.

In the Thane district, thousands of residents have been forced to flee flooded homes and move to emergency shelters. Serious problems also for the millions of commuters who, every day, head to the center of Mumbai for work, after the cancellation of dozens of trains on the dense underground public transport network.

Monsoon rains in this season of the year are normal and even providential for the millions of Indian farmers who depend on the weather for their crops but every year the inhabitants of Mumbai face the same hardships due to the failure to adapt the sewer system, now antiquated, and for the incessant increase in new buildings, often built without any respect for the most elementary building names in terms of drains and sewer connections. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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