Update: The death toll has increased to 18. Rescue operations are underway.
At least 16 people were killed and over 40 others are injured after a compound wall collapsed on Tuesday due to heavy rains in Malad East area here, NDRF officials said.
The incident happened around 2 am when the compound wall in Pimpripada of Malad East area collapsed and people living in shanties adjacent to wall got trapped under the debris.
NDRF officials said that the deceased people were the people living in the slums.
"Our team of National Disaster Response Force along with sniffer dog reached the site of the incident immediately after receiving the information. Besides, a team of fire brigade and local police also reached the spot and took the control of the situation," a senior NDRF official said.
He said that the police is investigating the case.
"Rescue operations are underway and more details are awaited. Over 10 injured are in nearby civic hospital in Jogeshwari and Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali," he said.
The chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has announced 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased and extended his condolences.
Meanwhile, authorities have declared Tuesday as a public holiday in Mumbai as the Indian Meteorological Department has forecasts heavy rains.
"In the wake of the extremely heavy rainfall forecast by the IMD, the Government of Maharashtra has declared a public holiday on July 2 as a precautionary measure for Mumbai city and its citizens," a civic official said.
The Central Railway has also decided to run local trains in limited corridors due to water logging in the railway tracks.
Amidst heavy downpour in the city of Mumbai, Mumbai Police has said that heavy to very heavy rains are expected in the next three days as per intimation received by Metereological Department.
Taking to Twitter the Commissioner of Mumbai Police informed that people of Mumbai should first check weather reports and then plan the day accordingly. He also said that in case of any problem Mumbai Police is available for help.
(With PTI inputs)