In the four days that the city received heavy rainfall, the disaster management department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has received complaints of 375 trees falling. Of these, the highest number was recorded on June 19, when the city received more than 280 mm rainfall, bringing the city to a complete halt.
According to the data received from the disaster management department of the BMC, the maximum number of trees, 177, fell in the western suburbs between Thursday, June 18 and Sunday, June 21. The island city and eastern suburbs witnessed 114 and 84 tree falls respectively. Between June 20 and June 21 alone, there were 89 cases recorded in the city.
On Monday afternoon, a taxi driver got killed after a tree collapsed on him in South Mumbai. “The incident happened in front of the Commissioner of Police’s office at around 1.30 pm,” a disaster management official said.
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While the BMC blames unprecedented rainfall, environmentalists have demanded a study to understand the reason behind tree falls.
Rishi Agarwal, a city-based environmentalist said, “The numbers are quite shocking. This seems to be the effect of extreme concretisation around trees. The rainfall that the city has received is not even that unprecedented as officials claim. We will definitely demand a study on the situation.”
According to the 2008 census, there are 19.17 lakh trees in the city. BMC is currently under the process of conducting a new census.
On Sunday, three people were injured after a wall collpased at the Jadhav Colony in Mulund Colony. The injured have been identified as Vijay Gohil (22), Nitin Kamble (36) and Kisan Waidhani (34) who were admitted to the Mulund general hospital. In total, the department received a total of 8 house collapse calls.
On Sunday, the fire brigade also recovered the body of Dikshit Pujari (15), who was swept away along with drain water in Mankhurd on Friday.