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Twenty-five lifeless in rain-related incidents in Mumbai; Maharashtra CM, Modi announce ex-gratia

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a purple alert for Mumbai within the backdrop of heavy rains, a BMC official mentioned.

Twenty-five individuals died and several other others have been injured in home collapses brought on by landslides following incessant in a single day rains in Mumbai on Sunday. The heavy rains led to extreme water-logging, and disruption of suburban practice providers and vehicular site visitors within the monetary capital, officers mentioned. The water provide in most elements of town has additionally been disrupted, mentioned the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

A hearth official advised information company PTI that the retaining wall of the Bharatnagar locality in Mahul space (in Chembur) collapsed at 1 am.  Seventeen individuals died because the compound wall got here crashing down on some homes positioned on the hillock following a landslide, whereas seven have been injured and brought to the close by Rajawadi hospital, he added.

In the Vikhroli suburb, seven individuals died as six shanties collapsed at 2.30 am, after a landslide following incessant in a single day rains, a civic official mentioned. Two individuals have been injured and have been despatched to a close-by hospital, he added.

A 16-year-old boy died after a forest division compound wall collapsed in suburban Bhandup, an official mentioned.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) introduced that Rs two lakh every can be given to the kin of the deceased from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF). Rs. 50,000 can be given to these injured.

“Saddened by the loss of lives due to wall collapses in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. Praying that those who are injured have a speedy recovery,” it quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as saying.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed sorrow on the lack of lives and prolonged condolences to the affected households.

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray additionally expressed grief and introduced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the following of kin of those that misplaced their lives, mentioned the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). He additionally introduced that those that have been injured shall be handled free of charge.

“He also directed the NDRF, Municipal Corporation, fire brigade and police to coordinate rescue operations and ensure that the injured are shifted to hospitals immediately and receive proper treatment,” the CMO mentioned.  “He also directed that all the systems should be ready as the weather department has forecasted rain for today as well; rescue work should be started immediately in case of any accident and help should be provided,” it additional acknowledged, including that if the water degree within the Mithi river and different large nallas rises, these dwelling within the neighborhood needs to be evacuated.

Meanwhile, state surroundings minister Aaditya Thackeray visited the positioning of the wall collapse in Chembur.

Water provide disrupted, says BMC

Mumbai’s civic physique mentioned water provide in many of the metropolis has been disrupted resulting from rainwater inundating the Bhandup Water Purification Complex.

“Efforts to restore Mumbai’s water supply are being made on war footing,” the BMC mentioned and suggested residents to boil potable water earlier than consuming it, after the availability is restored.

Local practice providers briefly suspended

The Western Railway and Central Railway suspended the suburban practice providers resulting from waterlogging on the tracks as a result of in a single day heavy downpour, railway officers mentioned, including the providers have been resumed within the morning. Many long-distance trains have been terminated or regulated at numerous stations, officers mentioned.

The suburban providers in the course of the pandemic are restricted to emergency providers employees and authorities staff. Before the pandemic, each Central Railway and Western Railway used to ferry over 75 lakh commuters each day on their over 3000 suburban providers.

IMD points purple alert

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a purple alert for Mumbai within the backdrop of heavy rains, a BMC official mentioned.

Alerts by the IMD are colour-coded from inexperienced to purple. A ‘inexperienced’ alert stands for ‘no warning’: no motion must be taken by the authorities, and the forecast is of sunshine to reasonable rain. A ‘purple’ alert stands for “warning”, and asks authorities to “take action”. An orange’ alert signifies that the authorities are anticipated to be ready.

A sudden change in weather conditions led to Mumbai witnessing over 100 mm rainfall in six hours, the IMD mentioned in an early morning bulletin. It additionally modified the rains forecast for town from orange to purple alert.

The IMD mentioned that until 6.30 am on Sunday, Mumbai and adjoining areas obtained over 120 mm rainfall within the previous 12 hours.The bulletin issued at three am mentioned IMD recorded 213 mm rainfall at Santacruz, 197.5 mm at Bandra and 174 mm at Colaba within the metropolis.

A viral video confirmed a two-wheeler being dragged in water in an inundated road in Chinchpokli space.

The IMD mentioned that Mumbai would obtain heavy to very heavy rainfall at a couple of locations with extraordinarily heavy rainfall at remoted locations. Extremely heavy rainfall means precipitation of greater than 204.5 mm in 24 hours, whereas heavy rainfall ranges between 115.6 mm to 204.four mm rainfall, as per the IMD.

The rain fury reminded some Mumbaikars of the 24-hour rainfall determine of 944 mm on 26 July, 2005.

With inputs from businesses


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