Mumbai rains leave 5 dead; Navy on standby

RSTV Bureau
Mumbai : Operations of trains were halted at sion station after heavy rains lashed Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo

Mumbai : Operations of trains were halted at sion station after heavy rains lashed Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo

Four persons were washed away in separate incidents in Mumbai following heavy torrential rains. The incidents were reported from Dahisar, Kandivli, Malad and Dadar.

Another person Rameshwar Tiwari was killed after the wall of a power sub-station fell on his house in Asalpha village in suburban Ghatkopar, the police said.

Mumbai has been witnessing continuous heavy rain since Tuesday which caused flooding in several places, paralysing normal life in the city. Several commuters were stranded in flooded streets as the transport system was thrown out of gear. The city gauged a whopping 298 mm of rainfall, the highest in a day in August since 1997.

Maharashtra government offices and educational institutions in the city and adjoining areas remained closed, as declared by the state administration as a precautionary measure.

The Navy was called in to provide help to stranded commuters. Community kitchens and food counters had been opened at various locations. Navy helicopters, divers and NDRF teams have been kept on standby.

Mumbai ‘dabbawalas’ decided to cancel their delivery of over two lakh tiffins to office goers in the city on Wednesday.

As the rains subsided, hundreds of stranded commuters headed home with the partial resumption of suburban train services, the city’s lifeline depended upon by over 6.5 million commuters.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the intensity of rains in Mumbai region is expected to be slightly lower.

Mumbai received the heaviest rainfall after the July 26, 2005 record of 944 mm, which caused the worst rain havoc in decades.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), ruled by the Shiv Sena, had come under fire from various quarters, including commentators and cultural personalities for shoddy infrastructure and preparedness to meet eventualities.

However, the Sena sought to defend the civic body, saying its machinery had been geared up to meet the situation and no major untoward incident was reported.

(With inputs from PTI)