Rain batters Mumbai,leaving 22 dead

Rain batters Mumbai,leaving 22 dead


The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had to rush the Mumbai suburb of Malad where  least 22 people were killed and six others injured in wall collapse incidents in the torrential rains that continue to lash Mumbai.

The wall collapse occurred around 2 am when the compound wall in Pimpripada of Malad East area collapsed and people living in shanties next to wall were trapped under the debris. There were other wall collapse incidents in other areas.According to NDRF officials 12 deceased were the people living in the slums.

'Our team along with sniffer dogs reached the site immediately on receiving the information. A team of fire brigade and local police also reached the spot and took charge,' said  a  NDRF official. The injured were taken to a nearby civic hospital in Jogeshwari and Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali.The  authorities have declared Tuesday as a public holiday in Mumbai with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)  predicting more  heavy rains.

'In the wake of the extreme heavy rainfall forecast, the Government of Maharashtra has declared a public holiday on July 2 as a precautionary measure for Mumbai and its citizens,' said a civic official.The Central Railway however decided to run local trains in limited corridors due to water-logging on the 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 Railway spokesman, Mr.  Sunil Udasi,  said.

With the help of Railway Protection Force jawans, the railways have rescued thousands of passengers stranded in the midnight local trains and served them tea, biscuits and other edibles at stations.A senior Western Railway official said that its services between Churchgate and Virar are functioning even if the frequency is less.'The frequency may be less between Vasai Road and Virar due to receipt of out station trains,' he said.