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India's record-breaking rains kill over 500
Updated: 2005-07-29 07:10

Digging through rivers of mud and debris, rescuers scoured flood-ravaged Bombay neighborhoods and outlying villages Thursday in search of survivors of record-breaking rains that killed at least 513 people.

Indian workers lift a motor scooter after a road caved in due to heavy downpours in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, July 28, 2005. More than 500 people have been killed by floods and landslides in western India and thousands remained stuck on Thursday in the nation's financial capital, Bombay, following the worst ever monsoon rains in the region. [Reuters]
While the rains have ended, leaving just an overcast sky, parts of the city were hit by up to 94 centimeters (37 inches) of rain on Tuesday, the highest one-day total in Indian history. Those rains, and the comparatively lighter downpours that stretched into Wednesday, brought this city to a halt and devastated wide swaths of surrounding Maharashtra state.

With a government-ordered holiday keeping workers at home, the region spent Thursday trying to recover.

In the northern Bombay suburb of Saki Naka, relief workers and survivors sifted through the rubble of a shanty town crushed when a water-soaked hill collapsed on top of it. While the complete toll was unclear, at least 110 people were killed, and more than 45 people were missing and presumed dead.

"It was terrible to pull out little babies from under boulders and mud," said firefighter S. Shinde, wiping his brow with mud-caked hands. "The very young and the old just didn't make it.

On Thursday, rescuers piled bodies onto trucks and flagged down private cars to carry several dozens of injured people to hospitals.
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