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Deaths and distruction in India caused by heavy rains

Nearly 130 people were feared buried or trapped by mudslides triggered by torrential monsoon rains in western India.

Rescuers have started arriving in Kondivali, a village 150 kilometers (95 miles) south of Bombay, the capital of western Maharashtra state, to pull out nearly 100 people, said S. Jadav, a police officer.

Another 30 people were reportedly buried in another mudslide in the nearby village of Jui in Maharashtra state, Jadav told The Associated Press.

The rains have also disrupted rail and road services in the region.

India's monsoon rains, which usually last from June through September, claim hundreds of lives every year. More than 150 deaths have been reported this season.

A heavy downpour since early Tuesday has disrupted life in Bombay, India's financial and entertainment capital, flooding streets and low-lying areas.

Hundreds of passengers were stranded in trains that couldn't move because of flooding of the rail track in parts of Maharashtra state, Jadav said.

At least 10 workers at a furniture factory were killed in Dicarpale, a village in Goa state's South Goa district, on Sunday night when the factory collapsed in heavy rains, Press Trust of India news agency quoted the district's top administrator, J.B. Singh, as saying.

Authorities in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh received reports of nine rain-related deaths caused by drowning, wall collapses and electrocutions, the AP reports.

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