Mumbai mayhem: Death toll in floods reaches 10
Mumbai, August 31: At least 10 people have lost their lives in Mumbai and the neighbouring districts of Palghar and Thane due to heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding over the last few days, said official reports on Wednesday.
Official reports added that nine people were washed away in separate incidents in Mumbai and the two adjoining districts and one more person lost his life in a wall-collapse incident in Ghatkopar in the megapolis.
"In Mumbai, deaths were reported from Dahisar, Kandivli, Malad and Dadar areas," a senior police official said.
As a precautionary measure, schools and colleges remained closed on Wednesday across Mumbai, after Tuesday's record rainfall of more than 468 mm in a couple of hours.
The residents of Mumbai and its neighbouring areas tried to bring back some normalcy into their lives on Wednesday as floodwaters left almost every nook and corner of affected areas submerged.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis advised people to stay back in their homes unless there is an emergency. "However, the essential services and critical staff in the government will be on duty on Wednesday," Fadnavis said.
Around 450 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been mobilised for deployment in Mumbai, where normal life has been disrupted due to heavy rains. Three NDRF teams, already prepositioned in Mumbai, were immediately supplemented by sending more teams, a home ministry statement said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena engaged in political fisticuffs over relief measures. While the Shiv Sena is in control over the municipal corporation of the city, the richest in Asia, both the parties are running an alliance government in the state.
The Shiv Sena accused the BJP of taking "undue credit" for the relief work being carried out by the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. A Yuva Sena functionary tweeted a photo claiming that the BJP has "photoshopped" the Sena's name to take "undue credit" for the relief work being done by his party.
Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh flood woes continued as the toll rose to 103 on Wednesday. However, the situation improved further in flood-affected Bihar, Assam and West Bengal with water receding from several areas and no report of any deaths on Wednesday.