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24 dead as heavy rainfall, landslides hit Mumbai

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At least 24 people have lost their lives in separate incidents of wall collapse due to landslides in Mumbai’s Chembur and Vikhroli on Sunday. The unfortunate deaths took place as the maximum city was lashed by heavy rainfall resulting in waterlogging at several low-lying areas affecting traffic and train movements.

Seventeen people lost their lives after the wall of a house collapsed in the Vashi Naka area of Chembur on the intervening night of July 17 and July 18 at around 1 am. While the injured have been taken to the hospital, a rescue operation by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is underway.

In Vikhroli, seven hutment dwellers were killed as five shanties collapsed in the Vikhroli suburb at 2.30 am, a civic official said. In a similar incident, a 16-year-old boy died after a forest department compound wall collapsed in suburban Bhandup, an official said.

Centre, state announces compensation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by the loss of lives and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of those who died. “Rs. 50,000 would be given to those injured,” his office said on Twitter.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office, meanwhile, announced Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the victims. Earlier state environment minister Aditya Thackeray visited the accident site in Chembur.

Mumbaikers requested to stay indoors

The incessant rainfall since Wednesday has disrupted life in Mumbai and its suburbs. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has requested people to stay away from the shore and not wander around water-logged areas.

The city police have also appealed to Mumbaikars not to step out of their homes unnecessarily and cautioned them against travelling to some of the inundated areas.

Heavy rainfall warning

The onset of the monsoon in Mumbai was a little earlier than expected in 2021. The IMD has also issued a red alert for Mumbai, a BMC official said. As per the data, in the past 24 hours from 8:30 am on Saturday to 8:30 am on Sunday, the Ram Mandir area received 260.7 mm rainfall, Mira Road area received 236.5 mm rainfall, Mahalakshmi witnessed 205.5 mm rainfall and Bhayandar 213.5 mm rainfall.

Similarly, Santacruz received 234.9 mm rainfall and Colaba received 196.8 mm rainfall. IMD has predicted “heavy to very heavy” rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places, the IMD said.

 

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