Two people were killed, one injured and three others trapped under debris after a landslide at Antop hill on Wednesday morning.
Following torrential rains, a huge boulder from the hillock smashed into three houses at the foothill.
According to residents of the Devram Dada Chawl, landslides are commonplace, but this time the intensity was greater.
“This is first time someone has died and houses reduced to rubble,” said Vinod Aiwale, who has lived at the chawl for 26 years.
The fire department and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) rushed to the spot, but rescue operations were marred for over 17 hours because of narrow lanes and the torrential rain.
Two members of the Kevat family, Sandeep, 22, and his father, Ramavtar, 45, were taken to Sion Hospital on Wednesday evening but were pronounced dead on arrival. Doctors said their bodies had multiple crush injuries.
Kevat’s wife Munadevi, and their daughter Mamta were out when the incident took place. Kevat’s cousin, Vinod, who was sleeping in the adjacent room, had left for work ten minutes prior to the incident.
Sandeep and his father sell fruits and vegetables.
“Sandeep also works as an electrician and had just finished a four-day contract. He usually leaves with me in the morning, but as he had just returned from a work trip, I didn’t wake him up,” said Vinod.
Meanwhile, Salim Shaikh, 25, who lived next door to the Kevats, escaped with multiple fractures.
“He is stable but still under observation. He will require surgery,” said Dr A Supe, dean, Sion Hospital. Three members of Shaikh’s family are still feared trapped in the debris.
The BMC says it is doing its best to rescue those trapped.
“The lanes are too narrow and we cannot take dumpers inside. We have to manually cut the rocks,” said Narendra Barde, assistant municipal commissioner (F-North Ward).
“Since it is raining heavily we are also worried as the soil of the hillock has loosened and there is danger of more such landslides,” he added.
The BMC has, meanwhile, started evacuating other residents in the periphery of the hillocks.
“We have shifted them to a municipal school and some are staying in their relatives’ houses. We have also made provisions for their food,” said local corporator Trushna Vishwasrao.