QMumbai: Why IMD Gets It Wrong; One More Body Found In Chandivali

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1. Why The IMD Gets It Wrong, Often

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), which was riding high on a string of spot on weather predictions, lived up to the agency’s not-soadmirable record yet again on Wednesday after its ‘heavy rains’ forecast for the day couldn’t be further from true. While social media took digs at the IMD, with users commending them for “coming to Mumbai’s rescue” with wrong predictions on Wednesday, scientists at the weather agency have defended their wrong short-term forecasts (one to five days), blaming a host of variables which can’t be captured fully with the resources at hand, poor computing power and lack of political interest.

Scientists further pointed out that weather agencies around the world are equally prone to errors but claimed they got away with it as they presented it as a percentage of probability. For example, United Kingdom’s Met Office predicted 30 to 50 per cent probability of heavy to very heavy rains while Japan’s Met agency also predicted 30 to 50 per cent probability of heavy rains in and around Mumbai.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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2. Could Mumbai Deluge Have Been Averted? Experts Say ‘Yes’

Another monsoon brought another deluge to India’s financial capital, Mumbai. With large parts of the city underwater, commuters stranded and lives lost, 29 August brought back the horrific memories of 26 July 2005. This time too, Mumbaikars rose to the occasion and helped fellow residents overcome the crisis together but the questions that need to be asked to the city’s civic body and state machinery are these: Have we learnt nothing in the last 13 years? Despite having over a decade to prepare, why was Mumbai still submerged?

The problems, experts say, are serious and numerous. But if planned well, their solutions are definitely executable in the long run.

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3. Chandivali Bldg Collapse: One More Body Pulled Out Of Rubble

One more badly decomposed body was excavated from the debris of the collapsed eight-storeyed building in Chandivali on Wednesday, taking the death toll to six. Police suspect at least two more people are still trapped as they claim there is still a smell emanating from under the debris.

On Saturday, partly demolished Crystal Plaza Business Park in Chandivali came crashing down on workers. Police claimed that there were around nine people who were working when the building collapsed. “We have already recovered five bodies - identified as Naval Nayak, Naseem Ajahar, Manoj, Gaurav Malmar and Aman. On Wednesday, we recovered one more body who has not yet been identified as the body was badly decomposed,” said deputy commissioner of police, Naveen Reddy of Zone X.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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4. Mumbai Rains: Doctor Goes Missing, Umbrella Found Near Manhole

Dr Deepak Amrapurkar went missing near the Elphinstone Road station following heavy rains which lashed Mumbai.
Dr Deepak Amrapurkar went missing near the Elphinstone Road station following heavy rains which lashed Mumbai.
(Photo: Twitter/@lata_MIRROR)

Renowned gastroenterologist of the Bombay Hospital, Deepak Amrapurkar, went missing near the Elphinstone Road station following heavy rains which lashed the metro, the police said on 30 August.

The 58-year-old doctor had left for home the previous evening in his car, but due to water-logging on the road, he asked his driver to drop him near the Elphinstone Road station. From there, he started walking towards his residence, a senior police official said.

The doctor went missing while he was walking towards his residence when it was pouring heavily, the official added.

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5. News Of 60 Kids Dying In A UP Hospital Washed Away: Uddhav

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with Shiv Sena
leader Uddhav Thackeray. 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray. 
(Photo: PTI)  

Even as Mumbaikars bore the worst brunt of the rain fury that brought the city to a grinding halt, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, whose party runs the BMC, on Wednesday patted the civic body on the back for doing a “commendable job” under the circumstances. Addressing a press conference at the Mayor’s Bungalow, the Sena chief said instead of rushing to fix responsibility for the city coming to a standstill, one should talk about the lessons learnt from the Gorakhpur episode and ways to avoid its recurrence.

“The news of 60 children dying in a hospital there has been washed away in the media by reports on the rainfall in the city and the mayhem it caused. I pay my condolences to the children who died an unfortunate death and pray that such incidents do not take place in the future… Instead of debating who is responsible for the city coming to a virtual standstill, one should talk about the lessons learnt from the (Gorakhpur) episode and how to avoid such incidents in the future.”

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

6. 5,000 Eyes Helped Cops See The Bigger Picture

BEST sails through Mumbai floods. 
BEST sails through Mumbai floods. 
(Photo courtesy: Twitter/@bhartiyamedia)

The nearly 5,000 CCTV cameras that were installed in Mumbai last October proved to be a vital asset for authorities who were combatting the flooding that afflicted the city on August 29. In particular, the traffic police, whose ubiquitous yellow raincoats dotted the city, the BMC, and the police benefitted from keeping a virtual eye on the situation.

“The CCTV cameras were a great help,” Amitesh Kumar, the Joint Commissioner of police (Traffic), told Mirror. “We were monitoring the cameras and sending manpower and organising traffic accordingly. Without it, we would not have been able to get an overall picture of the city.”

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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