Mumbai Rain Updates: Intermittent spells of light to moderate rain in city for next few hours; toll in Ratnagiri dam breach rises to 9

  • Twenty-two people died in a wall collapse incident in Mumbai, paralysed by incessant rainfall for the third consecutive day, as many parts of the financial capital remained waterlogged, prompting authorities to declare a holiday on Tuesday

  • Fourteen people died in rest of Maharashtra in rain-related incidents since Monday, officials said

  • Heavy rains lashing Mumbai since Sunday threw rail, air and road traffic out of gear, with several trains and flights being cancelled

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Mumbai Rain Updates: Intermittent spells of light to moderate rain in city for next few hours; toll in Ratnagiri dam breach rises to 9
  • 16:53 (IST)

    Villagers of Ratnagiri district blame it on administration's 'negligence' for Tiware dam breach
     
    Relatives of the victims said they had asked district administration to repair the Tiware dam as they had spotted cracks in November last year.
     
    "There was an issue over the jurisdiction of which tehsil Tiware dam falls in, as Chiplun and Dapoli tehsil​ offices had ignored the application of the villagers," said a family member of one of the dead.
     
    "It is only because of their negligence that we have seen this day," he said while adding that his parents, wife and two children were missing.
     
    "My brother, who had gone to bring his vehicle did not return," he said.
     
    A search operation has been launched by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state police personnel.

  • 16:43 (IST)

    23 feared dead after dam breach in Maharashtra's Konkan region; 11 bodies recovered
     
    Twenty three persons are feared dead after a dam in Maharashtra's coastal Konkan region breached following incessant rains leading to flood-like situation in downstream villages, officials said Wednesday.
     
    "Bodies of 11 persons have been recovered so far, a police official said. The total toll would be 23," he added.
     
    "The Tiware dam in Chiplun taluka of Ratnagiri district has a storage capacity of 20 lakh cubic metre. It developed a breach late on Tuesday night," a district official said.
     
    The dam breach caused a flood-like situation in seven downstream villages, with 12 houses being swept away.
     
    PTI 

  • 16:27 (IST)

    Toll in Ratnagiri dam breach rises to nine

    The toll in Ratnagiri district's Tiware dam, which was breached earlier on Wednesday, has risen to nine with twenty four people still missing. The search and rescue operation is underway.

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Intermittent spells of rains likely over Mumbai and neighbouring areas during next 2-4 hours

    Skymet Weather tweeted that intermittent spells of light to moderate rain and thundershower will occur over Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Palghar, Pune, Raigarh, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Sindhudurg and Thane during next 2-4 hours.

  • 15:23 (IST)

    Mumbai Police's heartwarming gesture takes Twitter by storm 

    Mumbai Police on Tuesday became a good Samaritan for a stray dog stuck in deep water as the city faced heavy downpour. The police tweeted out a video showing two police officials helping the dog.  

  • 14:42 (IST)

    Devendra Fadnavis orders SIT probe into Ratnagiri dam breach which killed 6

    Devendra Fadnavis has spoken to Ratnagiri Collector and other local officials to take stock of situation after the Tiware dam incident. Fadnavis expressed grief over loss of lives and ordered an SIT inquiry. Fadnavis also asked state Cabinet minister Girish Mahajan to visit the district. 

  • 13:35 (IST)

    Watch: Teware Dam in Ratnagiri  breached on Wednesday morning 

  • 13:14 (IST)

    Six dead, 16 missing after dam breach in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri

    At least six people were killed and 19 went missing after a dam in Maharashtra's coastal Konkan region breached following incessant rains leading to flood-like situation in downstream villages, officials said on Wednesday. The Tiware dam in Ratnagiri district developed a breach late Tuesday night after heavy rains, a district official said. A local police officer said six bodies have been recovered so far while 19 people are still missing.
     
     
    The dam breach caused a flood-like situation in seven downstream villages, with as many as 12 houses being swept away. When contacted, Additional Superintendent of Police, Ratnagiri, Vishal Gaikwad said a search operation has been launched by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and state police personnel.

  • 13:03 (IST)

    Aircraft landing with unstabilised approach in bad weather to attract punitive action: DGCA chief

    In a stern warning to airlines, the DGCA director general said on Wednesday that all aircraft should refrain from landing with "unstabilised approach" while experiencing adverse weather conditions and initiate a go around, non adherence to which will invite punitive action. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had in a communique on Tuesday asked airlines to make available sufficiently experienced crew in the cockpit and that crew rostering should factor in fatigue element associated with the operations during adverse weather conditions.
     
     
    The circular, titled 'Monsoon Operations', comes as the main runway at Mumbai airport continues to remain shut after a SpiceJet plane from Jaipur veered off it while landing and got stuck in the adjacent grass area.

  • 12:53 (IST)

    Mumbai Airport not shut, thing will normalise very quickly, says Civil Aviation ministry 

     

    Clarifying on reports about the dysfunctional runway at the Mumbai Airport, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, "Mumbai Airport has not been shut. One of the runways which used to take 45 flights per hour, is now taking 36 flights. So, there has been some dislocation. It will be sorted out very quickly."

    Earlier, reports said that the main runway of the Mumbai airport was likely to remain closed for flight operations till Thursday as a SpiceJet plane overshot the runway and got stuck their on Monday. ANI reported today that air bags were laid below the belly of SpiceJet SG 6237 aircraft which lay stuck on the grassy area. 

  • 12:34 (IST)

    Central Railway receives flak for following Sunday schedule on working day as people report massive crowd on Cenral line stations

    The Central Railway on Wednesday decided to operate its suburban services in Mumbai division on Sunday time table, which means it will ply fewer trains, compared to weekdays when trains are run in full capacity. 

    The move attracted much criticism from Mumbai residents, who were inconvenienced due to massive crowds at Central line stations during peak commute hours. 

  • 12:26 (IST)

    Toll of Malad East wall collapse rises to 24

    24 persons have lost their lives after a wall collapsed on hutments in Pimpripada area of Malad East due to heavy rainfall, yesterday. Earlier, it was said that 21 people have lost their lives in the incident. 

    Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has already ordered an enquiry into the incident, while Shiv Sena, which heads the local body BMC has blamed the incident on the monsoon claiming it was a result of a natural calamity.  

  • 12:19 (IST)

    Mumbai at 'serious risk of flooding' between 3-5 July

    Private weather agency Skymet said Mumbai is at "serious risk of flooding" between 3 and 5 July. "Close to 200 millimeters or more rain per day is likely during this period, which could hamper normal life," it said. 

  • 12:16 (IST)

    Spicejet, GoAir, Indigo waive cancellation fee as city airport's main runway remains dysfunctional

     In the wake of record rainfall in Mumbai, airlines on Tuesday started offering waiver on cancellation, rescheduling charges for flights to and from Mumbai. 

  • 11:53 (IST)

    Mumbai limps back to normalcy as Best, local train services resume; Central Railways to ply fewer trains

     

    India's financial capital limped back to normalcy Wednesday morning with public transport resuming services after torrential rains, that lashed the city since Sunday, subsided. 

    A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official on Wednesday said that with respite from incessant showers, since there was no more water logging in any part of the city and suburban trains and Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) buses are running according to schedule. According to a BEST spokesperson, out of 3,203 buses, 2,950 were plying on roads.

    The Central Railway has decided to operate its suburban services in Mumbai division on Sunday time table, which means it will ply fewer trains, compared to weekdays when trains are run in full capacity.

  • 11:44 (IST)

    NCP Majeed Memon raises Mumbai rain issue in Rajya Sabha

    NCP Rajya Sabha MP, Majeed Memon, Wednesday, raised the issue of condition of infrastructure as Mumbai rains swept the city for the past 2 days. He said that the heavy rains have paralysed the economic capital yet again, over 27 people have lost their lives, transport was shut and the state machinery at a standstill. He said that over 27 people have lost their lives, and who will take responsibility. 

    "It's not as if the BMC does not have enough funds to come up with a permanent solution and mend the roads. It is the richest municipal corporation. But this happens every year only because of dereliction of duty, corruption, and poor plannig" 

  • 11:29 (IST)

    City breathes easy after break from incessant downpour but weathermen predict increased rainfall by evening

    A break from rainfall in the early morning hours brought some relief to Mumbai residents. However, this would only be a temporary respite as moderate rainfall is expected to begin by late afternoon which may intensify again by Wednesday evening.

Mumbai rains, trains and weather Latest Updates: The toll in Ratnagiri district's Tiware dam, which was breached earlier on Wednesday, has risen to nine with twenty four people still missing. The search and rescue operation is underway.

Devendra Fadnavis has spoken to Ratnagiri Collector and other local officials to take stock of situation after the Tiware dam incident. Fadnavis expressed grief over loss of lives and ordered an SIT inquiry. Fadnavis also asked state Cabinet minister Girish Mahajan to visit the district.

The Central Railway on Wednesday decided to operate its suburban services in Mumbai division on Sunday time table, which means it will ply fewer trains, compared to weekdays when trains are run in full capacity. The move attracted much criticism from Mumbai residents, who were inconvenienced due to massive crowds at Central line stations during peak commute hours.

In the wake of record rainfall in Mumbai, airlines on Tuesday started offering waiver on cancellation, rescheduling charges for flights to and from Mumbai

Twenty-two people died in a wall collapse incident in Mumbai, paralysed by incessant rainfall for the third consecutive day, as many parts of the financial capital remained waterlogged, prompting authorities to declare a holiday on Tuesday.

Fourteen people died in rest of Maharashtra in rain-related incidents since Monday, officials said.

Heavy rains lashing Mumbai since Sunday threw rail, air and road traffic out of gear, with several trains and flights being cancelled.

With IMD forecasting of heavy rains for Tuesday, authorities declared a holiday in the city and adjoining regions, asking people to avoid stepping out of their houses.

Twenty-one people were killed and 78 injured in a wall collapse incident in the northern suburb of Malad in Mumbai following heavy rains on Tuesday morning. One more person succumbed to injuries late Tuesday night, raising the toll to 22.

The injured were admitted to civic-run hospitals and 15 of them were discharged after primary treatment, a senior civic official told reporters here.

Efforts by rescue workers to get a 15-year-old girl out of the debris of the wall which collapsed in Malad, proved futile as she was brought out dead.

Two persons died in Malad after they were locked up in a car flooded with rain water. One person was electrocuted in Vile Parle and a security guard was killed in a wall collapse in suburban Mulund.

In Pune, six labourers were killed and three injured after a wall collapsed in Ambegaon area late Monday night. A wall collapse in Kalyan in Thane district early Tuesday killed three people, officials said.

In Buldhana district, a 52-year-old woman was killed on the spot by a bolt of lightning.

Altogether, 54 flights were diverted and 52 cancelled at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport due to inclement weather.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the BMC Disaster Management control room and took stock of the situation. Fadnavis reviewed issues like railway traffic, road traffic movement and areas where more focus and assistance is required.

"As a precautionary measure and as per IMD advisory on heavy rains, we declared holiday Tuesday," Fadnavis said. "We need to remain alert for the next two days," he added.

As rains continued to lash the city, water logging was reported at Airport Colony, Vakola Junction, Postal colony, near Chunabhatti Railway station and Vakola road, a BMC official said.

Over 1,000 people were evacuated from Kranti Nagar, Kurla, to prevent any untoward incidents due to the overflowing Mithi river, he said.

The Mumbai University also postponed the exam of B.Sc Computer Science for first and second year students due to heavy rains, an official said. A Central Railway (CR) official said CR personnel, with the help of RPF jawans, rescued thousands of passengers stranded in local trains and served them tea, biscuits and other food items at stations.

A senior official of the Western Railway said its suburban services were running between Churchgate and Virar even if the frequency was less.

Many long-distance trains of the central and western railway were either cancelled or terminated ahead of final destination due to heavy rainfall, the official said. Power utility companies also suspended the supply in some suburban areas of Mumbai as a precautionary measure.

The heavy downpour also forced Fadnavis to cancel his scheduled ground-breaking function of construction of a new building for MLAs. BMC additional commissioner Ashwini Joshi said an inquiry will be held into the Malad wall collapse and any official found guilty will be punished.

Fadnavis made a similar announcement in the state legislature, announcing a high-level probe into the wall collapse. The Malad wall collapse issue also figured in the state legislature on the last day of the monsoon session Tuesday, with former deputy CM Ajit Pawar seeking dissolution of the Shiv Sena-ruled BMC.

Monsoon was active over the entire north Konkan belt, including Mumbai, with IMD predicting heavy to very rainfall over most places and extremely heavy rain at a few places.

On the IMDs forecast, Joshi said the intensity of the rainfall is likely to get intense during the next 24 hours in Mumbai and suburbs.

From 8.30 am on Monday to 8.30 am on Tuesday, BMCs weather stations recorded an average rainfall of 163 mm in the island city, 329 mm in the eastern suburbs and 309 mm in western suburbs, she said.

The disaster management cell of BMC received over 3,593 complaints, including those about water logging, wall collapse and tree branch falling on the Helpline No 1916.

"The next two days are going to be very critical to us and our machinery is geared to face any eventuality during excessive rains," Joshi said.

All the 1,400 de-watering pumps of BMC are deployed at 53 flood-prone spots, including 22 chronic spots and assistant municipal commissioners have been asked to supervise their territory, she said.

Joshi blamed "geographic phenomena" for water-logging in the city and said the BMCs monsoon preparedness was up to the mark.

"Heavy rains in a short period of time coupled with high tide in the city resulted in water-logging in several areas," the IAS officer said.

The Central Railway resumed its suburban services late Tuesday afternoon by running a few special trains in Up and Down directions, giving relief to commuters.

Private weather agency Skymet said Mumbai is at "serious risk of flooding" between Wednesday and Friday.

Updated Date: Jul 03, 2019 16:53:31 IST