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In Mumbai, walls come crashing as rain continues

A compound wall collapses at Asalpha in Ghatkopar.

A compound wall collapses at Asalpha in Ghatkopar.   | Photo Credit: P. Srushti

Two injured in Govandi; part of building collapses in Kurla; 111 trees fall across city

Rain continued to lash the city for the second consecutive day, causing walls to collapse and trees to uproot in various parts on Saturday. Casualties were fortunately limited, with two people sustaining minor injuries, officials said.

According to officials, the first mishap was reported in Govandi at 12.07 a.m. on Saturday, when the wall of a house collapsed in the Bhim Seva Sangh Chawl in Tata Nagar. An officer with the disaster management cell of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said two people were injured.

“Lakhan Thakur (18) and Ramesh Lokhande (30) were taken to Shatabdi Hospital for treatment and were discharged in a short while after being treated,” an official said.

Rain causes part of the Sakina Manzil building near Kurla station to fall.

Rain causes part of the Sakina Manzil building near Kurla station to fall.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

Less than two hours later, around 1.50 p.m., part of a dilapidated building collapsed near Kurla railway station. “A local resident informed us about the incident and we sent a team immediately. The area was cordoned off and nobody was injured. The dangerous portion of the building is being pulled down by the L Ward office staff and the entire building will be demolished by Sunday,” additional municipal commissioner Manish Walunj said.

He said the building, Sakina Manzil, had 40 flats, two shops and a garment manufacturing unit. The four to five families living in the building were all unhurt.

At Ekveera Darshan Society in Ghatkopar, part of a compound wall collapsed on three to four parked cars at 10.09 a.m. “The wall was a low one and the collapse did not cause any casualties. Further inquiries into the incident are under way,” senior police inspector Vishwanath Kolekar, Ghatkopar police station, said.

A few more cars were damaged in another compound wall collapse at a residential society in Marol around 7 p.m. No casualties were reported, officials said.

The Santacruz observatory of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded 69.2 mm rainfall, while the Colaba observatory recorded 46.8 mm. Region wise, the island city received 33.54 mm, western suburbs 36.3 mm, and eastern suburbs 39.65 mm.

A large tree falls on a taxi, damaging it severely, and hitting a CCTV pillar at Punjab Colony in Sion.

A large tree falls on a taxi, damaging it severely, and hitting a CCTV pillar at Punjab Colony in Sion.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

As every year, the rain caused trees to come crashing, with 111 tree fall cases recorded across the city. Eleven cases of short circuit were also recorded due to the rain.

While there were no diversions, traffic crawled on key arterial roads. The suburban railway system was largely unaffected, though train services on both Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) ran late by around 20 minutes and 10 minutes respectively.

In Virar, around 1.5 m of the edge of Platform 3 caved in around 2 a.m. WR officials said the incident had no repercussions on services since the portion caved in at a spot beyond which trains halt.

The IMD has forecast heavy rainfall at isolated places in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar on Sunday.

A stretch of a road caves in near New Horizon School in Anand Nagar in Thane.

A stretch of a road caves in near New Horizon School in Anand Nagar in Thane.   | Photo Credit: Vibhav Birwatkar

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