Over 20 people have been killed after heavy rains wreaked havoc in India’s financial capital, Mumbai and surrounding areas. Continuous rains from Sunday has paralysed the city’s transportation system. Local trains, busses and airport operations have all been affected.
The rains in the last 24 hours have broken a decade old record. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was seen monitoring the situation from the Mumbai civic body’s control room.
The Indian Navy has deployed several teams to assist the civic body to help people stranded in flooded areas.
Several suburban and long-distance trains have been cancelled after railway tracks were flooded. 52 flights have been cancelled and 54 diverted because of bad weather and the skidding of a SpiceJet plane last night while landing in rain forced a shutdown of the main runway at the airport.
The diverted flights are being sent to Ahmedabad, Goa and Bangalore.
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra urged people to stay indoors as heavy rains were forecasted. The state has declared a public holiday in Mumbai and adjoining Thane. All the government offices of the state too would remain closed, while private firms have asked their employees to work from home.
Early Tuesday morning, thirteen people were killed and four critically injured after a compound wall crashed in Mumbai’s Malad East. A 10 year-old girl has been trapped under the debris, setting off massive rescue efforts. In neighbouring Thane’s Kalyan. The government has announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the families of those who died in the wall crash.
Source : Various