18 dead as Monsoon rains flood Mumbai

18 dead as Monsoon rains flood Mumbai

Thirteen people were killed and up to 40 were injured after a retaining wall collapsed on a group of shanty houses in Pimpri Wada Malad East at around 2 a.m., the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai said. Local residents, police and the fire brigade were able to rescue four people trapped under the debris.

In 2005, 950 millimeters (37 inches) of rain fell on the coastal metropolis in just 24 hours, killing more than 500 people. At least 50 domestic and worldwide flights were diverted and 50 other flights were cancelled.

In the adjoining Thane district, three persons were killed when the boundary wall of National Urdu School crashed in Kalyan town and several more were injured.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed the state Assembly that at least 75 were injured in the monsoon havoc.

Private weather agency Skymet said Mumbai is at "serious risk of flooding" between Wednesday and Friday.


The rain also flooded roads and waterlogged train tracks.

Not only this, extremely heavy downpour has taken lives of around 22 people due to different incidents of the wall collapse.

Photos from the Mumbai area show partially submerged vehicles and trash floating around, with people knee-deep in muddy waters, struggling to cross the flooded roads.

In the wake of the incessant rainfall, the state government has declared July 2 as a public holiday for Mumbai.

At least 1,000 people were evacuated from Kurla, to prevent any untoward incident due to the overflowing of Mithi river, tweeted BMC.


Lifeline Stalled The train service which is referred to as "Mumbai's lifeline", has stopped early morning today as all the three lines-Western, Central and Harbour lines have been shut down. It's also been a rain spell like never before, in fact it's the highest in a decade. Thousands of railway passengers were stranded at stations overnight.

A senior official of the Western Railway said its suburban services were running between Churchgate and Virar even if the frequency was less.

Meanwhile, a goods train derailed between Karjat and Lonavala in Maharashtra on Monday, affecting movement of trains between Mumbai and Pune, PTI reported.The Central Railway alerted passengers about the list of trains that were diverted.

Traffic Update Due to heavy rain and water logging at SCLR in between Amar Mahal and SCLR double decker bridge/star jn. traffic of LMV is prohibited on South bond towards Santacruz, Mumbai on the said route.


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