Four days of continuous rains have brought the unstoppable Mumbai on a standstill. The incessant downpour from Sunday has severely affected the city’s functioning. The city was inundated with water above the knee, leaving the residents struggling to carry out day-to-day operations.
Seeing the deteriorating state of Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took charge and arrived at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) head office to take stock of the situation.
It is the second time in the last 40 years that it is has rained so much. 7 projects are already underway to drain out the water. Out of 7, work on 5 pumping stations has finished, while 2 are still in the pipeline due to court proceedings. Work is being done to remove the encroachment on Mithi River and also to widen to the drains.
Mumbai which is known as the city that never sleeps ground to a halt due to incessant rains since Sunday. Roads, railways, airways, everything has been suspended due to the rains. As many as 54 flights have been diverted and almost 52 cancelled at Mumbai’s Chhattrapati Shivaji International Airport. A SpiceJet flight overshot the runway at Mumbai airport late on Monday night after its landing gear skid due to heavy rains. Though no causalty or major damage was reported. The rains have severely affected the local railways as well. Due to water-logging on the Central line only a few routes were operational on Tuesday.
Services on the Western as well as Central railways have been restricted to only 20 kms and long distance trains were stopped outside the Mumbai area itself. Chief Public Relations Officer of the Central Railways, said that thousands of passengers who were stranded on the trains were rescued by RPF personnel.
Heavy rains have not only flooded the streets of the city but have also led to collapse of walls and uprooting of trees in several places. Over 25 people have been reported dead in various incidents, out of which over 20 died in a wall collapse incident in the Malad area of the city. More than 50 people were injured in the incident.
Another incident of wall collapsing was reported late night on Monday from an educational institute in Pune. 6 people lost their lives in the accident. Another incident of a wall collapse left three people dead in Thane district’s Kalyan on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Met Department has said that Mumbai will continue to receive heavy rainfall for the next 48 hours. So, the situation may worsen.
On Tuesday morning Mumbai recorded the highest rainfall ever in 24 hours. The last time Mumbai witnessed such a huge deluge was on July 26th, 2005. The city suffered a flood in 2005. The highest rainfall recorded by the city ever was on July 5th, 1974.