Heavy rains kill 17 in western India

MUMBAI (AFP) – Seventeen people were killed yesterday in flooding caused by torrential rains in western India including five who were sleeping in a mosque, officials said.

Twelve people including a nine-year-old boy were killed in flash floods and as walls collapsed in various parts of Pune district in Maharashtra state, police said.

The state’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted his condolences and said 15,000 people had been evacuated in the city of Baramati.

A man looks at the damages of his home after flash floods following heavy overnight rains in Pune. PHOTO: AFP