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Indians vote early in fifth phase of polls to avoid blistering heat

Mumbai/Bhubaneswar Reuters Indians voted on Monday in the fifth phase of mammoth general elections, with film actors and sports celebrities among the thousands who turned out early in a bid to avoid scorching afternoon heat in the financial hub of Mumbai. Three hours before voting closed, about 48 per cent of voters had cast ballots […]

Three Indian cities among world’s 10 most polluted after Diwali

Men row a boat on a smoggy morning in Mumbai, India, on 13th November, 2023.

New Delhi, IndiaReuters Two Indian cities joined New Delhi to be among the world’s worst 10 for pollution on Monday morning, with smoke heavy in the air a day after revellers let loose with firecrackers for Diwali – the annual Hindu festival of light. The capital New Delhi took, as it often does, the top […]

India’s Adani to convert Mumbai slum into modern city despite challenges

Residents walk in an alley in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, in Mumbai, on 12th March, 2015.

Mumbai, IndiaReuters Indian billionaire Gautam Adani on Thursday said he plans to convert India’s largest slum in Mumbai, Dharavi, into a modern city hub, a huge challenge which would require the rehousing of around a million people. Believed to be the largest slum in Asia, Dharavi is a crowded area that houses thousands of poor […]

Updated: Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead

India Mumbai landslides

Updated: 9am, 25th July, 2021 Mumbai/New Delhi IndiaReuters Rescue teams in India struggled through thick sludge and debris on Saturday to reach dozens of submerged homes as the death toll from landslides and accidents caused by torrential monsoon rain rose to 125. Maharashtra state is being hit by the heaviest rain in July in four […]

Landslides kill at last 30 in Mumbai after heavy rain

India Mumbai landslide

Reuters At least 30 people died in three Mumbai suburbs after several houses collapsed when heavy rain triggered landslides, officials said on Sunday, and forecasts of further downpours could force authorities to relocate people living in danger zones. Rescuers resorted to using their hands to dig up the ground in an attempt to find survivors, local television […]

“Life is precious” say Indian migrants fleeing COVID-hit cities

Coronavirus India migrants returning 2020

Mumbai, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation Amid India’s COVID-19 crisis, migrant workers are abandoning cities and heading for their villages in droves in a repeat of last year’s exodus when the lockdown shut industries and left them jobless – but this time they are worried about safety. India’s toll from the coronavirus surged past 200,000 on Wednesday […]