As many as 17 people were killed after a wall collapsed on some shanties in Chembur’s Bharat Nagar area in Mumbai due to a landslide, says National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) according to news agency ANI.
#UPDATE | Death toll rises to 17 in Chembur wall collapse incident, two injured persons treated & discharged from a hospital, says Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai
— ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2021
In another incident, five people were killed in the Vikroli area after a building collapsed in the early hours of Sunday, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
#UPDATE | 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, says Prashant Kadam, DCP (Zone 7) pic.twitter.com/RoXopyL1WR
— ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2021
PMO announces Rs 5 lakh ex gratia for kin of people killed in Mumbai mishaps
An ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh has been announced for next of kin of the deceased in wall collapse incidents in Mumbai’s Vikhroli and Chembur area on Sunday by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Financial assistance of Rs 50,000 for those injured in the incidents has also been announced from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF). “Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to wall collapses in Mumbai. Rs. 50,000 would be given to those injured,” PMO said in a tweet.
Rescue operations underway
As per Mumbai’s fire brigade team that also reached the incident site, 16 persons were rescued from the debris of the wall collapse in Chembur. Rescue operations for the people trapped are underway, said NDRF.
Waterlogging due to heavy rainfall
Following incessant rains in Maharashtra’s Mumbai, several parts of the city reported waterlogging on Sunday.
The rainwater even entered houses located in Hanuman Nagar, Kandivali East area of Mumbai.
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Sion railway track in Mumbai was also waterlogged after continuous heavy rainfall.
Routine movement of commuters’ was also affected as roads waterlogged in Gandhi Market area following a heavy downpour.
On Saturday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an Orange alert for Mumbai and predicted rains in the city for the next 24 hours.
To tackle waterlogging the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had rushed three teams to Mumbai on Saturday. City buses on certain routes along low-lying areas were also diverted yesterday.
Sion, Chembur, Gandhi market, Andheri market, RCF colony, LBS Road and Wadala Bridge are among the areas that have been affected in the heavy rains, BEST Traffic Control had said.
According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Tulsi lake, one of the two lakes that supplies water to the BMC area started overflowing due to rains. The lake supplies an average of 18 million litres (1.8 crore litres) of water to Mumbai per day. Due to the rains in the catchment area of the lake over the past few days, the lake has started overflowing, according to the water engineer department of the corporation.
(With ANI Inputs)