When it rained, it poured
It was a soggy Saturday with incessant rains lashing the city and its suburbs for a better part of the day.india Updated: Jul 05, 2009 01:24 IST
It was a soggy Saturday with incessant rains lashing the city and its suburbs for a better part of the day.
The average rainfall recorded in Colaba was 102.9 mm while Santacruz received 209 mm of rain.
It was the highest rainfall the city received since the onset of this year’s monsoon.
A 40-year-old woman was electrocuted to death and a 10-year-old boy was injured at Govandi, the police said.
Several parts of the city were submerged in water, laying bare the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) hollow claims of rain-preparedness.
An experts’ panel, which along with Hindustan Times, had conducted a monsoon-preparedness audit in June, had predicted that chronic flood spots like Hindmata in Dadar, Sion-Dharavi and Juhu would see waterlogging even with slightly heavy rainfall.
Landslide in Bhandup, wall collapse in Mahul
A landslide was reported in Bhandup and a wall collapsed in Mahul.
There were three incidents of short circuit, five incidents of tree falling, two small fires and two wall collapses — one at Chembur and the other in Kurla — the police said.
Water cuts will continue, for now
There will not be any respite from the 20 per cent water cut as catchment areas had not received heavy rain.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Anil Diggikar said the situation hinged on rains received till Monday. “The BMC will decide on Monday if it needs to increase or decrease water cuts.”
Andheri subway waterlogged
“Cases of waterlogging were reported in low-lying areas of Parel, Matunga, Lalbaug and Kurla. In the waterlogged Andheri subway, traffic came to a halt,” said a BMC official.
Construction work on bridges and the Monorail also led to waterlogging. “One will have to bear with us as infrastructure work is on,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner R.A. Rajeev.
Aircraft tyre bursts, runway shut for 1 hr
About 200 passengers aboard a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Jeddah had a narrow escape after the aircraft’s tyre burst on landing on the wet runway.
The incident, coupled with poor runway visibility, forced the airport operator to shut the main runway for an hour. Four other flights were diverted to the Ahmedabad airport.
3 hurt as wall caves in at Bandra Terminus
A wall of the subway at Bandra Terminus collapsed at 7.50 pm, injuring a passenger and two railway staffers.
“No one is trapped inside, only the subway’s west wall has collapsed,” said Western Railway chief spokesperson S S Gupta.
Suburban services on the Central Railway’s Harbour line came to a standstill following waterlogging near Wadala Road at 8.30 pm.
The railways placed powerful pumps to remove the excess water and services slowly got back on track.
Services on the Western Railway were delayed by 20 minutes. Due to a landslide on the Konkan Railway route, trains were detained as a precautionary measure till the time of going to press.