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Billboard collapses on people in Mumbai, India, killing at least fourteen people, but others may be trapped

NEW DELHI (AP) — A large billboard collapsed on people during heavy rain and thunderstorms in India’s western city of Mumbai, killing at least 14 people and injuring 74 others, reports said.

A rescue operation was underway on Tuesday morning and it was unclear how many people might still be trapped.

The rain, accompanied by strong winds, caused the 30-metre-high billboard to fall over a petrol station in the Ghatkopar suburb on Monday evening. At least 47 people were rescued late into the night.

Police are investigating the incident and say the billboard was installed illegally, officials told news agency Press Trust of India.

Officials said 31 of the injured had been released from hospital.

India experiences heavy rainfall and severe flooding during the monsoon season between June and September, which brings most of the annual rainfall. The rain is crucial for agriculture, but often causes major damage.

The Associated Press