Mumbaikars Steadily Resurfacing as Rains Subdue

Image credits: PTI

As the situation gradually improves, people are mourning their losses and coming to terms with reality after facing the harshest monsoon in years.

Highlights:

  • This morning northern suburbs received 40-60 mm rains.
  • Water levels in surrounding lakes rise by 5%-12%.
  • Railways : Four trains cancelled.
  • Suburban trains are running but some are 10-15 mins late.
  • Airport : Main runway not available for full operations until midnight.
  • Efforts to remove the overshot SpiceJet aircraft continue.
  • Death toll crosses 35.

After three days of incessant rain that disrupted normal life and resulted in loss of lives of over 35 citizens, the city recovered since Wednesday showing its much-hyped resilience. Office-goers started reporting to work even as rains lashed Wadala and other regions in Mumbai and suburbs.

Airline services are yet to be fully operational as about 280 flights have been cancelled since Tuesday and many are yet to resume regular schedules. As of now, the secondary runway with a smaller capacity is being used.

The SpiceJet aircraft which skid off the runway while landing and has caused much of the disruption has still not been completely removed. Full-fledged operations are expected to resume after clearing the debris.

SpiceJet aircraft that overshot runway on Tuesday – Image credits: ANI

The business capital of India witnessed what experts describe as the worst monsoon since 2005. Concerned citizens have expressed outrage on social media over mismanagement. The Mumbai monsoon is an annual occurrence that causes severe destruction and loss of property, and discontent over how it is handled has been voiced.

What Has Happened So Far

July 1 – The heavy rainfall over the past few days has caused the Mithi River to overflow in certain parts of the city such as Kurla and Andheri East. The Brihanmumbai Mumbai Corporation (BMC) took help from the Indian Navy to evacuate and relocate people to safer areas.

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July 2 (early morning) – There was a wall collapse in Malad, which led to the death of 26 people. Miraculously, a six-month-old baby named Ayush was rescued alive 36 hours after the collapse. Further rescue operations are under process.

July 2 (midnight) – On Tuesday night, The Tiware dam in the Ratnagiri district burst due to excessive rain. Fifteen people died as nearby villages got flooded and more are feared to be dead. The rescue operations led by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and aided by local volunteers are underway from Sindhudurg. Vijay Wadettiwar, the opposition leader in Maharashtra’s state assembly has accused the state government of ignoring complaints filed by the villagers last year.

Government Response

The Fadnavis government has received heavy criticism from the opposition and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for their lack of preparedness. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and government have claimed that the flooding is a consequence of climate change and not mismanagement.

However, according to CAG, the Maharashtra government has not updated its disaster management plan since 2016. The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports that the Mumbai drainage system is capable of only handling 25 mm of rain per hour. According to India Today, the State Government has ordered a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into this dam breach.

 

Political Aftermath

As Mumbai tries to recover from the paralysis it went into, mayhem has been created by the political parties over the collected garbage. Politicians have sought their way into wider condemnation and have jumped into slapping allegations of neglect. At the same time Ashok Chavan, ex-Chief Minister of Maharashtra and a senior member of the BMC, made a statement that Shiv Sena should apologize to the public for submerging the city.

“If Shiv Sena chief had sorted the drainage system instead of visiting temples, then the floods in Mumbai could have been avoided.”  

The Nationalist Congress Party swiftly chipped in, criticizing the Shiv Sena – BJP coalition over the water logging in the city and also demanded the need for structural audits of roads, bridges, and buildings after the horrific damages caused during the wall collapse in Malad. Speaking to ANI on Monday, Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena spokesperson described the clogging as an accident.

Current Forecast (at 17.30 hrs IST)

Moderate rain expected in the city and suburbs for the next 48 hours.

Image credits: IMD

Minimum temperature – 24 degree Celsius

Maximum Temperature – 30 degree Celsius

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Social Media Response

Related Links:

“Monsoon Miracle”: Western Railways Chugs Along Despite Record Rain In Mumbai

https://www.ndtv.com/mumbai-news/mumbai-rains-western-railways-works-despite-record-rain-in-mumbai-calls-it-monsoon-miracle-2063248

10 Dead, 14 Missing After Dam Breach Floods Villages In Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/mumbai-rains-maharashtra-dam-breach-kills-2-more-than-20-still-missing-2063093

Mumbai rain updates: City paralysed after incessant rain; Maharashtra death toll rises to 35

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/mumbai-rains-updates-today-flights-airport-local-trains-traffic-bus-roads-waterlogging-1562034756785.html

 

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