Mumbai came to a standstill on Monday — just a few days after the onset of monsoon — as overnight rains led to the usual chaos of delayed trains, water-logged roads, horrific traffic snarls, and a rather scary wall collapse in a central neighbourhood of the city.
Four people have died in the last 24 hours in the city and its suburbs. A 15-year-old died after falling into an open pit in Malad. Another 13-year-old was killed in a wall collapse in thane. Two died yesterday when a tree collapsed on them near Azad Maidan in South Mumbai.
A large part of the boundary wall of a plush apartment complex in Wadala collapsed and subsided in the morning, burying nearly a dozen cars. The damaged cars, mostly belonging to residents of the complex — Lloyds Estate — were stuck in debris.
Local trains, the city’s life line, were running behind schedule as usual, at the hint of the first heavy rains this season. Water-logging was reported from low-lying areas and office-goers and vehicles found it difficult to navigate roads in large parts of the city.
Meanwhile, Mumbai’s civic body officials placed pumps on stand-by in neighbourhoods that are prone to water-logging.
The Indian Meteorological Department has said that heavy to very heavy rains are expected to continue.
Two people died and five were injured on Sunday after a tree fell on them near Metro Cinema at MG Road in South Mumbai’s Marine Lines area, according to news agency ANI.
A 13-year-old boy was killed and his parents were injured when an adjacent wall collapsed on their house at Wadol village in Ambernath taluka of Thane around 2:15 am today, the district civic body’s regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam told news agency PTI.
In another incident, a 65-feet compound wall of a housing complex in Thane city collapsed this morning, crushing two cars and another vehicle, he said.
On Sunday, Mumbai recorded the highest amount of rainfall at 110.80 mm between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, a Met department official said.