Part of Girgaum building collapses after rain

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 31, 2016 01:04 IST
A part of the top floor collapsed, with three people stuck inside a room on that floor. They were later rescued. (PRATHAM GOKHALE)

Heavy rain over the past three days caused a part of a three-storey building, Pathare House, near Aryan School in Bhatwadi, Girgaum, to collapse on Saturday. No one was injured in the incident.

A total of four fire engines and three ambulances were rushed to Pathare House. According to officials, a part of the top floor collapsed, with three people stuck inside a room on that floor. They were later rescued.

A senior official said no injuries were reported and residents of the building were evacuated. “The building is under Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) and they were supposed to start repairs, but owing to a court case it did not start,” said the official.

The rain also led to waterlogging at several places. Until Saturday morning, the western suburbs and eastern suburbs received rainfall of 75mm and 64mm respectively, while the island city received 45mm rainfall, according to the BMC.

Waterlogging was reported at Dadar, Laalbaug, Lower Parel, Vile Parle, Andheri subway, Malad subway, Sion and Ghatkopar Metro station. A container was stuck below Sion Bridge and caused a traffic jam, which lasted hours.

In another incident, a man sustained minor injuries after a tree fell on him. According to the BMC, a security guard, Jaffar Khan, 48, was sent to GT hospital by local residents after a tree fell on his back, injuring him, when he was standing near Bombay Hospital, Marine Lines. On Friday, a 45-year-old accountant, Parag Pawskar, was killed after a tree fell on his car.

In another incident, 22-year-old Mamta Gupta sustained minor injuries after a portion of the ceiling of her house fell on her at Sion .

Meanwhile, there was a substantial increase in the city’s water stock. The water stock across all the seven lakes have come up to 9,33,969 million litres, which will suffice for 248 days. Deputy municipal commissioner, Sudhir Naik said, “When compared to last year, Bhatsa, Upper Vaitarna and Middle Vaitarna lakes have less water. Their catchment areas are not receiving enough water.”

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