12 people killed in Mumbai landslides
Twelve people, including children, were killed and 13 others injured in landslides triggered by heavy rains in suburban Andheri.Updated: Sep 05, 2009, 01:28 IST
Twelve people, including children, were killed and 13 others injured in landslides triggered by heavy rains in suburban Andheri.
The landslides hit Lal Bahadur Shastri slums on a hillock in northeast Mumbai’s Saki-Naka area on Thursday night, damaging around 15-20 houses, Additional Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta said.
Ten fire engines are engaged in removing the debris.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan announced compensation of Rs one lakh to family members of each of those killed in the landslides.
Families of each of those injured will get between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000.
Mumbai Suburban District (MSD) Collector Vishwas Patil said the hutments were illegal and had been constructed despite repeated warnings to the people.
“The MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) and the MSD had issued warnings in April, May and June. After the rains started, some of them went back and started staying there,” he said.
In July 2005, a massive landslide here had killed 78 people, following which Congress president Sonia Gandhi visited the affected areas.