With heavy rains lashing Mumbai for the fifth consecutive day, the city has been experiencing the heaviest rainfall in a decade which has created chaos and has claimed several lives. Train services were curtailed due to heavy downpour and were later resumed as the rain receded. Waterlogging on railway tracks has disrupted services across the city.
A wall collapsed in Malad in which 21 people died while 78 others were injured. A 15-year-old girl who was stuck under the debris of the collapsed is feared dead.
Almost 54 flights have been diverted to different airports due to waterlogging. A number of buses run by Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) are stranded across the city. 179 buses have broken down due to waterlogging and 74 buses have been taken off road.
Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan has asked Shiv Sena to apologize to the residents of Mumbai for submerging the city. The Shiv Sena has been ruling the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the country’s richest civic body for over two decades now.
Several office goers are finding it difficult to reach their offices due to cancelled trains. Local trains are considered to be the lifeline of Mumbai and the number of people commuting by this mode of transport on a daily basis is huge in number. Several people tried alternative modes only to find that the road traffic is also disrupted.
Incessant rainfall has thrown rail, road and air traffic out of gear. BMC said that attempts are being made to tackle the situation and have deployed its 6 pumping stations and have discharged millions of liters of water into the sea.
The Indian Meteorological Department predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in Mumbai and suburban parts in the next 48 hours and similar situation is expected in Vidharbha and Marathwada.
Experts blamed rapid construction and bad urban planning for what many people call as Mumbai’s annual rain chaos as heavy waterlogging and disruption of railway services and road transport happens almost every year.
Mumbai experiences heaviest rain in decade: death toll rises to 28
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