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A year on, 26/7 haunts Mumbaikars

Exactly a year ago, a record 944 mm of rain claimed 450 lives and caused massive destruction of property.
None | By Press Trust of India, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2006 07:37 PM IST

Exactly one year ago, a record 944 mm of rainfall in four hours disrupted life in the metropolis, causing unprecedented destruction of life and property.

Memories of last year's deluge figured in discussions among lakhs of suburban train commuters on Wednesday as people recounted stories of friends and relatives falling prey to the Mumbai floods.

The heavy rains in 2005, which inundated several roads and houses, claimed 450 lives in the city and over a 1000 more were afflicted in the leptospirosis, malaria and dengue fever outbreaks in the aftermath of the rains.

A year later, the families of 54 people who are missing since the floods still await news of their whereabouts, according to former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya.

A fact-finding committee set up by the state government to probe the cause of the flooding had attributed the inundation of several areas to choking of the Mithi river and water drainage system.

But the inundation following heavy rainfall on July 4 in 2006 showed that civic and state authorities' efforts to improve the ground situation after last year's catastrophe have not been a complete success.

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