Police in India say almost 900 people have died in monsoon rains.

Most of the victims were killed in the city of Mumbai and elsewhere in the state of Maharashtra by floods, mudslides and collapsing buildings.

Rescue workers believe more bodies are buried beneath the mud.

At least 18 people were killed and seven others injured in a stampede in a Mumbai suburb.

A police official said that locals were on the edge after the heavy rains when rumours spread of a dam bursting its banks and a tsunami.

Seven children were among those killed in the commotion that followed the rumours, which proved to be unfounded.

A Maharashtra state police source said there has been 883 confirmed deaths. But State deputy chief minister R.R. Patil said the toll was lower.

'The total number of people dead in the state is 696,' he said. There was no explanation why his figures differed from those of the police.