Reminder of 26/11: South Mumbai Witnesses Heaviest Rainfall In More Than 40 Years

The South Mumbai, popularly known as SoBo which is an upscale locality and houses city’s elite witnessed the heaviest rainfall in the last 40 years.


Mumbai| As the unprecedented rain batter the coastal city of Mumbai, the citizens were reminded of the unfortunate 26/11 flooding. High tide, Heavy rains and Strong wind combined unleashed wrath in the city causing flooding on streets, railway tracks, uprooting of trees, landslides at places and damages to properties. The horrifying visuals from the city showed the streets and some rail tracks turning into rivers as office-goers tried to wade through waist-deep water in many areas.

From Monday, it has been continuously raining. The showers continued even on Wednesday. The IMD has said that today the city will witness less intense spell of rain but has still issued a Red Alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar districts. For Neighbouring districts of Nashik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Sindhudurg, an Orange Alert has been issued.

South Mumbai Floods:

The South Mumbai, popularly known as SoBo which is an upscale locality and houses city’s elite witnessed the heaviest rainfall in the last 40 years. On Wednesday, the recent rains in Mumbai looked more dangerous than the nature of the storm. Colaba received 293.8 mm of rainfall in the last 12 hours. Colaba had earlier received a record 262 mm of rainfall in August 1974. The ‘D’ civic ward, that includes upscale areas like Malabar Hill and Peddar Road, received 309 mm rainfall. The maximum wind speed of 101.4 kmph was recorded at Marine drive around 4.15 pm.

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NDRF Teams Carrying Out Rescue Operation

20 teams have been deployed in Maharashtra for relief and rescue. In Mumbai alone, 5 teams are working. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has appealed to the people not to leave their homes today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also talked to Chief Minister Thackeray and discussed the situation.

Chief Minister Thackeray held a meeting with BMC and NDRF officials. The NDRF team worked overnight to evacuate trapped people. Since it was a working day many including essential workers had stepped out to their offices.

Areas that were impacted the maximum

Areas like Fort, Churchgate, Marine Drive, Girgaon, Breach Candy, Pedder Road, Haji Ali have been flooded. Roads in front of Wilson College in Charni Road, Girgaon, Babulnath Area, Valkeshwar Area were flooded. Power went out in many of these areas. Rainwater had seeped into the casualty ward of JJ Hospital. Some hospitals in South Mumbai are also reported to be flooded with rainwater. Some tiles of Jaslok hospital building fell.

The Prime Minister promised all possible help

Late Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and inquired about the situation aggravated by the rains in Mumbai. The PM has assured Thackeray of all possible help.

The stadium and the stock exchange were also damaged

The winds were so strong amid heavy rains that three heavy cranes overturned at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). Similarly, the board on the stock market building was broken. DY Patil Stadium has also been damaged. Many of its railings flew. The pillars of the high mast light of Wankhede Stadium in South Mumbai were seen moving with strong wind.

NDRF evacuated 290 passengers

NDRF and Railway Security Force (RPF) rescued 290 passengers stranded in two local trains. According to sources, dozens of others, including state social justice minister Dhananjay Munde, were stuck in traffic on the Eastern Freeway for about three and a half hours. He was going to attend a meeting of NCP leaders at Yashwantrao Chavan Center here.

Water seeps into Covid-Health Center

The Pramod Mahajan Covid Health Center in Bhayander East was inaugurated online by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday. A temporary shed has been constructed at a cost of crores of rupees in this centre, which is equipped with medicines and other medical equipments, but after a few hours of rain, water also infiltrated in it and the patients admitted here had to be shifted.

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