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Can’t Control Rains: Bombay HC Questions Mumbai’s Ill-Preparedness

The Bombay HC said the situation in the city has not improved in the past few years.

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At least 10 people died and several others affected after 24 hours of heavy rainfall in Mumbai and neighbouring districts.
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At least 10 people have been killed in Mumbai and the neighbouring districts of Thane and Palghar, after nearly 24 hours of heavy rainfall on 29 August, Tuesday. The city saw lesser rainfall on Wednesday, but severe flooding and waterlogging persisted in several parts of the city. At 331.4 mm, Mumbai saw the heaviest rainfall on Tuesday since the 2005 deluge. However, the BMC said that the situation is not as bad as that of the 2005 floods.

Snapshot
  • At least 10 people have died and several others affected after 24 hours of heavy rainfall in Mumbai and neighbouring districts
  • “Mumbai is not going to see rains for a few hours as the monsoon clouds have moved towards north,” KS Hosalikar, DDG of IMD said
  • Local train services have resumed, but delays are expected
  • Mumbai airport resumes normal operations
  • Parts of the city reported flooding and water-logging, throwing traffic out of gear
4:08 PM , 02 Sep

Bombay HC Says Can't Control Nature

The Bombay High Court has said we cannot control nature but the situation in the city of Mumbai, which has been facing floods during monsoons regularly, has not improved in the past few years.

The remarks were made by a division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice NM Jamdar while hearing a PIL by advocate Atal Bihari Dubey seeking a second doppler radar system to be set up in the city and other measures to be taken to ensure that people do not suffer due to floods.

We cannot control nature. But this is not the first time this is happening in Mumbai. We have not moved an inch.
Chief Justice Chellur

The PIL was filed a few years back and in 2016 the court was informed by the Maharashtra government and the BMC that a site was identified and sanctioned in suburban Goregaon to set up a doppler radar.

10:10 PM , 30 Aug

Stay Safe Indoors, Says NDMA

10:26 PM , 30 Aug

Met Dept Issued Red Alert but BMC, Govt Did Not Act

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a red alert about heavy rains two days ago, i.e on Monday.

Despite this warning, neither the BMC nor the Maharashtra government took adequate measures to avoid the severe crisis that the maximum city came face to face with on Tuesday.

Read the full story here.

8:45 PM , 30 Aug

10 Killed, Nine Washed Away

Torrential rains and subsequent flooding claimed at least 10 lives in Mumbai and the neighbouring districts of Palghar and Thane since yesterday.

Nine people were washed away in separate incidents in the city, while two lost their lives due to drowning in adjoining districts of Palghar and Thane. Another man was killed when a wall came crashing down on him in Mumbai's Ghatkopar.


Published: 29 Aug 2017, 12:35 PM IST
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