Mumbai: The same old story was repeated for Mumbaikars yet another year on Friday. Tall claims of good pre-monsoon preparations by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) were washed away in the very first major showers of the year as the entire city came to a standstill due to flooding and traffic disruptions. The loss suffered due to the flooding on Friday is expected to be in excess of a staggering Rs 500 crore. Two persons died of electrocution.
The incessant rains, which started on Thursday night, continued to lash the city the whole of Friday, causing widespread chaos. There were abundant incidents of water-logging, traffic jams, tree fall, wall collapse and electrical short circuits, which even took lives of two people at Wadala.
Looking at the early signs of heavy rainfall, the majority of working Mumbaikars preferred not to venture out in the morning. Those who could not help but go out suffered the ordeal of getting stuck in traffic jams on roads and railways, which were under water for several hours. At several places in low-lying areas, water entered houses on Thursday night, causing hapless people to spend nights without sleeping.
“There was huge traffic at Kings Circle. Around a 100 vehicles were left stranded on Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg. At Five Gardens, there was no traffic movement due to tree falling,” said Nikhil Desai, a Matunga resident.
Commuters saw a similar situation like the Mumbai floods of July 26, 2005, where train services were completely suspended. CR saw no services for most part of the day, while Western Railways suspended service for over six hours. Thousands of commuters leaving for office were caught unawares on reaching suburban railway stations as trains were cancelled due to water-logging of tracks.
The city is likely to witness high tides of more than 4 metres on Saturday. In view of that BMC sought the help of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and the Navy for relief operations.
Step out only if needed, says Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
Mumbai, June 19: As heavy rains hit Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday appealed to residents to venture out only if required and asked people to stay away from seafronts during high tide slots as it can prove “fatal”.
After taking stock of the situation at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) disaster management cell, he also suggested to the public to refer to advisories being issued by the civic body on an hourly-basis before leaving home.