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Heavy rain in Mumbai suburb causes landslide, tree collapse

mumbai Updated: Jul 21, 2017 14:13 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
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Heavy rain in Thane brought along a series of mishaps — 38-year-old Kishore Pawar suffered grievous injuries when a huge tree fell on his neck near Panchpakhadi in Thane, a minor landslide was reported from Upavan area, and a nullah wall caved in, rendering 17 homes dangerous along the wall. The civic department issued a heavy rain alert till July 22.

The city received merely 68 mm of rainfall for since Thursday morning. However, on Friday morning, 22 mm of rainfall was recorded in merely one hour. Till 11.00 am, Thane recorded 36.50 mm rainfall, while the total rainfall for the year was recorded at 1693.50mm.

“The rainfall this year has crossed the total amount of rain received last year during the same time, which was also recorded at 1693.00 mm,” said Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC).

“Kishore Pawar, 38, a resident of Ghawat Chawl in Namdeo Wadi, was commuting on his bike when a huge tree fell on him. The tree hit his neck, injuring him grievously. Pawar has been admitted to Kaushalya Hospital for treatment.”

Apart from the tree collapse, the heavy rainfall since morning also resulted in a landslide near Om Megha Casting, Ram Baugh area in Upavan.

“A major portion of a hillock in the area had come down due to the heavy downpour. There are three industries in this area which will have to be sealed for some time till the threat of the landslide subsides. Moreover, an Acacia tree on the hill is in dangerous condition and can collapse anytime.”

The rescue team of the department, however, is facing the problem of how to cut the tree as reaching the hillock in the landslide situation is impossible. “There is too much wind in the area and the tree can fall anytime. Thus, we are working on how to avoid the collapse,” Kadam said.

On Thursday evening, a nullah wall caved in, rendering 17 homes dangerous along the wall. The TMC served evacuation notices to all these homes and immediately demolished four homes, which were in dangerous conditions. The remaining homes will be evacuated on Friday as the work on the nullah wall cannot begin without removing these houses.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 14:13 IST