First monsoon showers flood Mumbai, kill fisherman and 13-year-old girl

Downpour washed away BMC’s claims about its monsoon preparedness

mumbai Updated: Jun 10, 2018 00:48 IST
Parts of south Mumbai reeled under severe flooding on Saturday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

A 13-year-old girl was killed after a tree collapsed on her on SN Dube Road in Dahisar and a fisherman was struck by lightning after the city received heavy rainfall all through Saturday. The first monsoon showers also flooded several south and central Mumbai areas.

Drishti Mungra was taken to Rohit Nursing Home around 9.45pm, where she was declared dead. Dr Uday Yadav, chief medical officer of Rohit Nursing Home, said, “The girl had sustained severe head injuries. Her body has been sent to Bhagwati Post-mortem Centre.”

It is not clear if the tree lay in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) property. A civic official said, “It was strong wind that led to the collapse. Ward officials are clearing the tree. We will examine the cause.”

Meanwhile, downpour on Saturday washed away BMC’s claims about its monsoon preparedness as several parts in the island city witnessed waterlogging.

Parts of Byculla and Dadar — Hindamata, Parel and Elphinstone — King’s Circle in Matunga and Mahim faced severe flooding. Dadar and Matunga recorded more than 100 mm of rainfall, leaving several areas marooned for more than four hours.

Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta, who inspected waterlogged areas in south Mumbai, said, “Two wards were badly affected, G-North in Dadar and F-North in Elphinstone. Dadar received 119 mm of rainfall in a very short time, and it also has several chronic flooding spots. However, following BMC’s efforts, several areas (Fitwala lane and areas around Elphinstone) that were severely flooded last year were not waterlogged.”

Three cases of tree/branch fall each were reported from Elphinstone and the western suburbs. No one was injured.

The BMC pressed 68 dewatering pumps into operation at 298 flood prone spots in the island city. Mehta said, “The first two showers tend to see more waterlogging as garbage on the street is carried to drains and clogs them. Officials have been removing garbage.”

Areas in F-North ward, including Hindmata, Parel and Elphinstone remained waterlogged in more than 1.5-foot water between 11am and 3.30pm.

Kishor Desai, assistant municipal commissioner of F-North ward said, “It took two-and-a-half hours for the water to recede from Hindmata compared to four-and-a-half hours.”

Meanwhile, part of a footpath outside St Paul’s High School at Hindamata caved in on Saturday, exposing the underground drain below it. The caved section could not be spotted as the area was waterlogged.

A woman walking with a child slipped and got stuck in the hole in the footpath, said a shopkeeper. She was pulled out by local residents.

Lightning kills fisherman

A 55-year-old man was killed and six others, in their mid 30s, were injured after lightning struck them at different places in a fishing village, along the Uttan coast in Bhayander on Saturday morning.

The twin cities of Mira-Bhayander were lashed with thundershowers in the morning.

The deceased, Steni Admani, was packing his fishing equipment when lightning hit him in Patanbunder village in the morning. Admani was taken to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, said an Uttan coastal police official. The coastal police have registered an accidental death case. Fishing is banned during the monsoon. “We are awaiting the post-mortem report,” said the official. Anti-disaster management officials also reached Patanbunder.

The six villagers were injured when they were relieving themselves. Some of them lost hearing for two hours, said locals.

Lightning also damaged electronic appliances such as TVs, refrigerators and fans in Bhayander.

First Published: Jun 10, 2018 00:48 IST