High Alert in Mumbai owing to heavy rains

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Mumbai was drenched after experiencing the highest rainfall recorded in the last 46 years. Mumbai has been experiencing heavy and continuous rainfall since Monday evening. On Wednesday, the deluge was worse than the one recorded in 2005, with 900mm rain fall within 12 hours.Areas such Peddar road received unusually heavy rainfall which resulted in a landslide. Almost 50 trees fell on a section of this road. Marine drive had virtually disappeared from sight. A portion of house collapsed in Dadar; a clipping was uploaded on Twitter:

The Vihar lake which is one of the two small reservoirs supplying water to Mumbai, with a storage capacity of 27,698 million litres, has been overflowing because of the rainstorm.

Due to the rainstorm which Mumbai has been experiencing in the past five days, railway tracks and roads are flooded, roof and balcony covers have been ripped off, trees in most areas have been uprooted.

D.Y. Patil stadium in Nerul bore the brunt of the heavy downpour. A portion of the roof behind the audience section along with a 25-feet long metal structure collapsed at the famous cricket stadium. Fortunately, no injuries were reported due to the incident.

Gusty winds of over 100 kilometres per hour damaged the signage on the top of the 29-storey building housing Asia’s oldest stock exchange in the southern Mumbai. A fire brigade was called to ensure it didn’t crash to the ground.

Three cranes collapsed at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust on Wednesday, but no-one was injured. Local trains were suspended and most buses were diverted. The municipal corporation made arrangements for temporary shelters in some schools to help the people stuck in the flooded areas.

The low lying areas came across furious turquoise due to which the houses on the ground floor were highly affected.

The rainstorm caused a tragedy with the death of three people; two in a chawl collapse in Vakola and one by electrocution in Thane and a five year old child reported missing.

Boulders and soil crashed down on the arterial Western express highway in kandivali east, fortunately no motorist or pedestrian was injured in the landslide.

The state government immediately stepped in and declared a holiday for its offices in the city and the suburbs; Bombay high court suspended all its hearings.

Disrupting the normal life, this year the rains in Mumbai have recorded a comparatively high fall. Every year, after a heavy downpour, Mumbai roads get damaged which leads to potholes and opening up of manholes. Many people are found dead falling into the open manholes. Potholes lead to traffic and cause damage to vehicles. Mumbai would be slightly less affected this year in the view of the implied lockdown but damage to property still persists.

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