Mumbai Rain: Due to heavy rains overnight in Mumbai, 25 people died in separate incidents. Along with this, due to torrential rains in the financial capital, waterlogging and traffic was also affected. Western Railway and Central Railway temporarily suspended suburban train services in Mumbai due to heavy rains and many long distance trains were either diverted or were operating from other stations.
A fire brigade official said 17 people were buried under a compound wall in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in a mountainous area.
The wall of a house adjacent to it collapsed after a tree fell at around 1 am at Vashi Naka in Mahul area of Mumbai, the official said. Seven people were injured in the incident, who have been admitted to the nearby Rajawadi Hospital.
Seven people were killed and two were injured when six kutcha houses collapsed due to a landslide in Mumbai’s Vikhroli suburb at around 2.30 pm due to heavy rains, he said. The injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital. At the same time, a 16-year-old boy died when the wall of the forest department complex collapsed in suburban Bhandup.
A meteorologist said that Mumbai received more than 250 mm of rain in three hours, which reached 305 mm on Sunday morning. An official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Mumbai in the background of heavy rains. The IMD said that the Doppler radar images show that the storm is at an altitude of 18 kilometers (about 60,000 feet).
Meteorologist Akshay Devra tweeted, “In other words, the height of this storm is almost twice that of Mount Everest. ”
He said, “Such storms are certainly not normal for Mumbai or for the west coast, that too when the monsoon is active and it is a month like July.” ”
Meanwhile, the Vihar lake was flooded due to heavy overnight rains and the water of the lake started flowing out on Sunday morning. According to a BMC statement, the storage capacity of Vihar Lake is 2,76,980 lakh liters. This lake is the smallest of Mumbai’s reservoirs and is part of the water supply system.
PM Modi announced compensation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives in the wall collapse incidents in Mumbai due to heavy rains. The Prime Minister’s Office also announced Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured.
PM Modi said, “Saddened by the loss of lives due to wall collapse in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.
President expressed grief, CM Uddhav announced compensation of five lakhs
President Ram Nath Kovind also condoled the loss of lives in rain-related accidents in Mumbai. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of those killed.
Railway officials said that the suburban train services of the Central Railway and Western Railway were suspended in the financial capital due to waterlogging in the tracks due to heavy rains overnight.
A BMC official said that the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Mumbai in the backdrop of heavy rains. A ‘Green’ alert means ‘no warning’ that means no action is required by the authorities and it is a forecast of light to moderate rain. A ‘red’ alert is a ‘alert’ signal that tells officials to ‘take action’. The ‘orange’ alert suggests that officials should “be prepared”.
A day before the monsoon session, PM Modi held an all-party meeting, said – there should be a healthy and meaningful discussion