‘Mumbai is Submerged in Water’, Citizens Say as Rain Lashes City
The Maharashtra government declared a public holiday in Mumbai on Tuesday, 2 July, due to heavy rainfall.
Mumbai is grappling with the highest amount of rain it has received in a decade, and citizen journalists are sharing photos from across the city, of submerged cars and trains. Homes have been flooded and roads are water-logged, causing traffic congestion and injuries, residents have told The Quint’s My Report.
Many citizen journalists said it is difficult to reach their workplaces because of water-logging in several areas. Owing to heavy rain, many chose to stay indoors.
“Mumbai rains cause huge heavy damage to the economy as well as a huge loss of life and property. It causes emotional disturbances for many. A huge amount of money should be invested for the recovery of the havoc caused by the flooding,” said Irfan Machhiwala, a Mahim resident.
Pranali Shetty said something similar:
“I stay in apartment, so I had no problem but people staying in slums have no electricity or fresh water. The buses were not plying because of the water logging either. My sister came back walking all the way from her office at MIDC Andheri to Vile Parle. Every road has big potholes. Just outside my society there is one big pothole.”Pranali Shetty
On being asked if he was facing any difficulty, Saurabh Tikiya said,
“The only difficulty is that there does not seem to be any concrete solution. It’s very easy to blame the rainfall. We all know global climate change is affecting weather patterns. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that 2020 rain patterns will be worse than 2019 and so on. But the BMC just doesn’t plan ahead. What’s the point of making so many citizens suffer each year?”Saurabh Tikiya
He also shared a photo from Juhu.
Citizen journalist Nadar Sudakar shared a photo of people walking on railway tracks as heavy rainfall hit the railway service.
Similar visuals from a Chembur colony were sent to us.
(All 'My Report' branded stories are submitted by citizen journalists to The Quint. Though The Quint inquires into the claims/allegations from all parties before publishing, the report and the views expressed above are the citizen journalist's own. The Quint neither endorses, nor is responsible for the same.)
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