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Mumbai: 24 dead in house collapse incidents; train services suspended, streets flooded

Life in Mumbai and its suburbs has been disrupted, with heavy rain continuing to result in water-logged streets and rail tracks

Heavy rains caused waterlogging in parts of Mumbai and its suburbs on early 18 July morning, affecting the daily commuter’s movement in several parts of the city. Due to heavy rains, the railway tracks and streets were waterlogged. However, after witnessing heavy rainfall in Mumbai and its surrounding areas since 14 July, the water started receding at many places as low tide started.

Several people died in house collapses triggered by landslides as incessant overnight rains pounded Mumbai and nearby areas, with the city witnessing severe waterlogging, and disruption of local train services and vehicular traffic. More than 20 people died after a compound wall came crashing down on some houses after a landslide at Bharatnagar Vashi Naka locality in Mumbai’s Mahul area.

The retaining wall collapsed at 1 AM. Two people were injured and taken to nearby Rajawadi hospital from where they have been discharged after preliminary treatment. At least five hutment dwellers were killed as five shanties collapsed after a landslide following incessant overnight rains in Mumbai’s Vikhroli suburb at 2.30 AM, a civic official said. Two persons were injured and were sent to a nearby hospital, he said.

The rainfall has led to delays in train movement as well as diversions in bus routes in Mumbai. Local train services have been affected on the Central Main Line and Harbour Line.

Waterlogging has also been reported on railway tracks at Dadar, Parel, Kurla, Chunabhatti, Wadala and Tilak Nagar.

Meanwhile, 24 people were killed in two different incidents of wall collapse due to landslides in Mumbai’s Chembur and Vikhroli areas.

While the injured have been taken to the hospital, a rescue operation by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is underway.

Twelve people lost their lives after the wall of a house collapsed after a landslide following incessant overnight rains in the Vashi Naka area of Mumbai’s Chembur on the intervening night of 17 and 18 July at around 1 AM. In Vikhroli, six people have died and two have been admitted to a hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the bereaved family of the deceased. He announced to provide Rs. 2 lakh each from the fund to the kin of the deceased. Rs. 50,000 would be given to those injured.

As many as 17 trains have been terminated shortly due to waterlogging on railway tracks at multiple locations in Mumbai and suburban areas.

“All pumps are working at waterlogged areas,” Western Railway said in a statement.

At 4 AM on 18 July, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai had said the city and its surrounding areas would receive intense to very intense spells of rain at very isolated places. IMD Mumbai has confirmed that similar predictions have been made for districts of Thane, Raigad, Palghar and Mumbai (greater intensity towards northern parts of suburbs).

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

As per the data, in the past 24 hours from 5:30 AM to 8:30 AM on 18 july the following areas have recorded rainfall:

Ram mandir: 260.7 MM
Mira road: 236.5 MM
Mahalakshmi: 205.5 MM
Bhayandar: 213.5 MM
Juhu airport: 193.5 MM
Scz: 234.9 MM
Colaba: 196.8 MM

Mumbai would receive “heavy to very heavy” rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places, the IMD said.

The heavy rainfall in Mumbai left the Gandhi Market area completely waterlogged on Sunday morning and visuals from the Hanuman Nagar in Kandivali East area of Mumbai showed rainwater entering houses.

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