Four killed in horrific accident during torrential rains in Mumbai, many feared trapped under billboards

MUMBAI (Reuters) – At least four people were killed, 61 injured and more than 40 are feared trapped after a large billboard collapsed during a rainstorm in India's financial capital Mumbai on Monday.

There was a rainstorm accompanied by strong winds, which caused a billboard near a busy road in eastern suburban Ghat Kopar toppling onto some houses and a petrol pump.

The evacuation of the remaining people trapped under the billboard is in progress. Fire services, police, disaster response officials and other authorities are all involved in rescue efforts, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the civic body that runs Mumbai, said on X.

News channels and posts on social media showed the towering billboard bobbing in the air, before it gave way and fell to the ground.

The local meteorological department had predicted light rain with gusty winds of 40-50 kmph in some parts of Mumbai district on Monday.

There was a temporary disruption to flights at the Mumbai airport, with 15 flights diverted and operations suspended for a little over an hour, ANI news agency, in which Reuters has a minority stake, reported.

Mumbai, like many Indian cities, is prone to severe flooding and rain-related accidents during the monsoon season, which usually lasts from June to September every year.

(Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandekar)

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