Rain fury claimed around 26 lives in Maharashtra, including 21 in a wall collapse in Mumbai, while the authorities declared a holiday in the city and adjoining regions, asking people to avoid stepping out of their houses.
Mumbai: Two persons travelling in a car drowned after their vehicle got stuck in a flooded subway in suburban Malad, Mumbai, amid heavy downpour, police said on Tuesday (July 2). The incident took place on Monday night at around 11.30 when the two were returning to their homes in Malad (East), a senior police official said.
The deceased were identified as Irfan Khan (38) and Gulshad Shaikh (40).
Due to heavy showers, their car got stuck in the subway and they could not exit. People later pulled the car out of the water and found the duo in an unconscious state, officials said. The car occupants were admitted to a nearby hospital, where they died during treatment.
A case of accidental death has been registered.
Rain fury claimed around 26 lives in Maharashtra, including 21 in the wall collapse in Mumbai's Malad, while the authorities declared a holiday in the city and adjoining regions, asking people to avoid stepping out of their houses.
21 people were killed and over injured in a wall collapse in the northern suburb of Malad in Mumbai early on Tuesday following heavy rains.
The wall collapsed on hutments in Pimpripada area of Malad East due to heavy rainfall. A senior NDRF official told reporters at the site that his team searched the debris with advanced equipment and also by canine search for bodies.
The official said that around 2 am, a compound wall in Pimpripada collapsed, trapping people living in shanties adjacent to the wall.
"Our team of National Disaster Response Force along with sniffer dog reached the site of the incident immediately after receiving the information. Besides, a team of fire brigade and local police also reached the spot and took control of the situation," a senior NDRF official said.
The injured were taken to Jogeshwari Trauma Hospital and Kandivali-based Shatabdi Hospital, a civic official said.
In the incident in Kalyan, the wall of an Urdu school behind Durgai Fort collapsed around 1 am, killing three people in the hutments.
Heavy rains also saw a joint evacuation operation in suburban Kurla with the NDRF, Navy and fire brigade shifting around 1,000 people to temporary shelters, a Navy official said.
A Navy team encountered extreme waterlogging and abandoned vehicles, preventing their own vehicles from reaching the site, the official added.
The team moved on foot, carrying safety gear like lifebuoys and lifejackets and was able to help elderly women and children to safer areas.
Students, who were supposed to come to Mumbai on Tuesday for their documents verification for the undergraduate admission in MBBS, BDS and BAMS courses, have now been given the date of July 5, for the same procedure, CET Commissioner Anand Rayate said.
The Mumbai University has also postponed the exam of BSc Computer Science for first and second year students due to heavy rains, an official said.
The Central Railway has also decided to run local trains in limited corridors due to water logging on the railway tracks.
"Trains will run in CSMT-Andheri-Goregaon section in harbour line. Vashi to Panvel in harbour line. Thane to Vashi and Panvel in trans harbour line. CSMT to Thane Karjat and Khopoli sections," a CR official said.
He said CR personnel, with the help of RPF jawans, rescued thousands of passengers stranded in midnight local trains and served them tea, biscuits and other edible items at stations.
A senior official of the Western Railway said its suburban services are running between Churchgate and Virar even if the frequency was less.
"Frequency may be less between Vasai Road and Virar due to receipt of outstation trains," he said.
Suburban local train service is also badly affected as low lying areas were submerged. The signalling system became dysfunctional, forcing railway administration to suspend local as well as long distance train movement, said an official from Central Railways.
Over long-distance trains of the central and western railways were either cancelled or terminated ahead of final destination due to heavy rainfall, the official said.
Power utility companies have also suspended the supply in some suburban areas of Mumbai as a precautionary measure.
The heavy downpour also forced Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to cancel his scheduled ground breaking function of construction of a new building for MLAs.
The Meteorological Department has warned of "extremely heavy" rainfall in adjoining areas of Thane and Palghar on July 2, 4 and 5. A few places in Mumbai could get heavy to very heavy rainfall on Monday and Tuesday, it added.
Private weather agency Skymet said Mumbai is at "serious risk of flooding" between July 3 and 5. "Close to 200 mm or more rain per day is likely during this period, which could hamper normal life," it said.
In Pune, six labourers were killed and three injured after a wall collapsed in Ambegaon area late on Monday night. A wall collapse in Kalyan in Thane district early on Tuesday killed three people, officials said.
Altogether, 54 flights were diverted and 52 cancelled at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport due to inclement weather.
A SpiceJet flight from Jaipur skid and overshot the main runway while landing at the Mumbai airport amid heavy rains on Monday, although none of the passengers were hurt in the incident, an airline spokesperson said.
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Last Updated 2, Jul 2019, 7:11 PM