After the onset of monsoon on Monday, the disaster department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has received 180 complaints of fallen trees from citizens in the past three days. On Tuesday, four people were injured after a tree fell on shanties close to the Ghatkopar bus depot.
According to civic data, the highest number of complaints, at 74, was from the western suburbs. A total of 55 complaints were received from the island city and 51 from the eastern suburbs.
A falling tree can be fatal for citizens and vehicles residing in the nearby area.
The highest number of complaints - at 71 - was registered on Tuesday when the city received rainfall measuring 110 mm.
Civic officials, however, said that the number can be fewer as most complaints can also be about branches. “Most of the times, citizens register a tree-fall complaint when it would have been just a branch,” a civic official from the disaster department said.
In June 2015, when the city received more than 300mm rainfall on June 19 and 20, the department received more than 300 complaints. According to the 2008 census, there are 19.17 lakh trees in the city. The count also includes 33,000 dead trees, data show. BMC is currently conducting a new tree census.