22 people lost their lives in Mumbai due to the heavy monsoon floods and the Prime Minister and Chief Minister announced compensation.
Heavy rains leave Mumbai waterlogged, affecting roads and railway traffic. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, while sending condolences over the deaths, too, announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the kin of each deceased. He also said that free treatment would be provided to the injured.
Heavy rescue operations are underway and around 15 people have been rescued from Chembur’s Bharat Nagar area with at least 17 people killed in the incident. Several people were reported to be injured and were hospitalized. Two of them were later discharged.
Also, at least five persons died as a G+1 residential building collapsed in Vikhroli area early on Sunday, 18 July and “Five bodies have been recovered and 5-6 more people are feared trapped in the debris of the building that collapsed in Mumbai’s Vikhroli,” said DCP Prashant Kadam.
In the Chembur area, NDRF Inspector Rahul Raghuvansh said that the NDRF personnel recovered two bodies from the debris, and 10 were recovered by locals before the rescue team arrived at the location. “At least 7 more people are feared trapped,” he added.
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed grief over the incident and said that he was deeply saddened by the news of the casualties in incidents following heavy rain in Mumbai’s Chembur and Vikhroli areas.
“I express my condolences to the bereaved families and wish for successful relief and rescue work,” the official handle of President of India tweeted.
Mumbai witnessed massive downpours that led to flooding in different areas, such as Sion, Gandhi Market, Chembur, and Dadar, among others.
Rainwater entered Mumbai’s Borivali east area following a heavy downpour this morning. The waterlogging generated due to heavy rain also impacted the train services with local trains being suspended on both Central Railway and Western Railway.
On Saturday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued an Orange alert for Mumbai and had predicted rainfall for the next 24 hours.