Heavy rain pounds Mumbai; 3 dead
Collapse of retainer walls, road cave-in incidents cause panic in State capital.
Mumbai: Heavy monsoon showers lashed Mumbai, its suburbs and most of Konkan areas on Monday, throwing normal life out of gear. Rail and road transport was affected badly while water-logging in many parts of the city brought business activity to a grinding halt. Three people lost their lives in various rain-related incidents on Monday.
In central Mumbai’s Wadala area, a large retainer wall of a plush housing society collapsed, pushing six cars into a gorge created for construction of another multi-storey tower on the adjacent plot. This was a shocker, as the plush building standing on the plot where the retaining wall collapsed was reportedly facing a risk because of this incident. In the evening, a part of the road near Mumbai’s famous landmark Metro Cinema caved in causing major traffic disruption in south Mumbai.
The Southwest Monsoon picked up momentum in Mumbai, bringing heavy showers that claimed three lives in the city and adjoining Thane.
Heavy rain lashed the metropolis and Thane district throughout the night and continued on Monday morning, causing water-logging at several places and slowing the movement of suburban trains, thus causing inconvenience to office-goers. Two persons were killed on Sunday evening when a tree fell on them near Metro Cinema in south Mumbai, said an official from the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
A 13-year-old boy was killed and his parents were injured when an adjacent wall collapsed on their house at Wadol village in Ambernath taluka of Thane around 2.15 am on Monday, the district civic body’s regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said. In Mumbai, a huge part of a compound caved in at Antop Hill area in Wadala. Around 15 cars were damaged with some vehicles getting buried under the debris, an official of the BMC’s Disaster Management Cell said. No casualty was reported, he said. “The Fire Brigade and Mumbai police have reached the spot and are assessing the situation,” he added. Mumbai received 231.4 mm rain in the last 24 hours.