Monsoon storms endanger lives, thwart pilgrims

Raging rains lead to rising reports of falling trees, caving walls, and landslips in Mumbai, Uttarakhand

Updated - November 16, 2021 08:41 pm IST

Published - June 16, 2013 11:39 pm IST - Mumbai:

A train moves on a flooded track after heavy rains in Mumbai on Sunday. At right, a house caves in at Prem Nagar area in Uttarkashi owing to heavy rains on Sunday. Photo: PTI

A train moves on a flooded track after heavy rains in Mumbai on Sunday. At right, a house caves in at Prem Nagar area in Uttarkashi owing to heavy rains on Sunday. Photo: PTI

The unrelenting monsoon showers are proving a danger for Mumbaikars with collapsing trees and walls.

Following Saturday’s heavy shower, Sunday’s afternoon high tide only worsened the situation.

The Met department recorded 232.2 mm of rain between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and warned of heavy showers over the next two days.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corportation’s disaster control room recorded as many as 51 cases of trees or branches falling and 12 cases of walls collapsing or getting damaged during the day.

A car was damaged after a tree came crashing on it at Churchgate. “The vehicle was parked below the tree, which got uprooted due to the rains. Fortunately, there were no occupants in the car at the time of the incident,” a fire officer said.

Suburban rail traffic virtually crawled all day and got back on track only in the evening. “Water-logging severely affected Masjid, Sandhurst Road, Byculla, Wadala. The main line suburban services were not running between the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Dadar from 10.35 a.m. to 2.00 pm and harbour line services were not running between CST and Kurla from 10.35 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.,” said Atul Rane, Chief PRO, Central Railway. Around 400 services of CR were cancelled till 5 p.m. on Sunday.

“The situation started getting under control by evening and by 6 p.m. the services started running normally,” said the official.

On Western Railway (WR), trains were running with a delay of about 30 minutes till about 5 p.m. “Trains were running slow as the motormen had problems seeing the signals clearly. There were no major cancellations,” said a WR official.

With the IMD predicting heavy rainfall on Monday, Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte on Sunday issued an advisory asking people to take precautions before moving out of their homes on Monday.

Three crushed in house

PTI reports from Dehradun:

Three persons were killed in a house collapse in Dehradun on Sunday while thousands of Char Dham pilgrims were stranded on the Gangotri and Yamunotri routes as incessant overnight showers across Uttarakhand caused landslips in Uttarkashi district and swelled rivers.

A house caved in in the Prem Nagar area, a senior police official said, adding that a 30-year-old man, his 26-year-old wife and 10-year-old child died on the way to hospital after they sustained grievous injuries.

Stranded along routes

Meanwhile, thousands of pilgrims headed for the Himalayan shrines of Gangotri and Yamunotri got stranded as the routes were closed due to landslips at various points including Piapalmandi, Baraki and Nalupani.

Hotels and dharamshalas in Uttarkashi district are bursting at the seams with Char Dham Yatris occupying their lounges due to non-availability of rooms.

A house was swept away at Kharadi after the Yamuna’s waters submerged the route leading to Yamunotri at Fedi, Chami and Yamuna bridge.

Ganeshpur Road and Digla Pul near Sangam Chatti on Gangotri route were also swept away by the flash-flood in Assi Ganga.

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