4 die as heavy rains bring down walls, ceilings

Incidents of slabs fallen, partial building collapses were reported from several areas.

| Mumbai | Published: July 13, 2014 1:42:36 am
The under-construction chawl in Ganeshmurti Nagar, Colaba, that collapsed on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar) The under-construction chawl in Ganeshmurti Nagar, Colaba, that collapsed on Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

With heavy rains lashing the city for 48 hours since Friday morning, 11 incidents of partial building, slab and ceiling collapses were reported, killing four people and injuring six.

Around 10.45am on Saturday, a ground-plus-one under-construction structure at Ganeshmurti Nagar, Colaba, collapsed on six labourers. Eighteen-year-old Musruf Shaikh died in the incident, while Shouryat Ali (18), Yousuf Shaikh (39), Sudeep Hazare (29), Mohammed Kalam (45) and Minaryl Shaikh (33) sustained head injuries. They are undergoing treatment at St George’s hospital, near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).

On Saturday evening, a 12-year-old boy, Sujit Chavan, died after the wall of Vagheshwari Temple, Kurar village, Malad (east) collapsed. The medical officer at Kandivali Shatabdi Hospital, where the boy was rushed, said he was declared brought dead.

In another incident, a portion of Lucky mansion, a two-storey dilapidated structure at Sewri’s Jay Bheem Nagar, collapsed partially on its west-end onto the adjoining footpath, killing two and injuring one. It was a commercial-cum-residential structure near Lateef Hotel. While Dayashankar Mishra (60) and Rudramani Upadhyay (45) were pronounced dead on arrival, Tribhuvannath Upadhyay (58) suffered injuries on his head and left leg.

Incidents of slab and partial building collapses were also recorded from Andheri Kurla Road, Marol, Bhendi Bazaar, Masjid Bunder, Shivneri, Bhuleshwar and Kurar village, Malad. In Vakola, Santacruz (east), a municipal school building collapsed on Friday, but no injuries were reported as the building was vacated to carry out structural repairs. Meanwhile, the civic body completed the work of demolishing a building next to Sandhurst Road station on Saturday. The building’s wall had collapsed on Friday, causing inconvenience to commuters on the Central Railway line.

In its pre-monsoon exercise, the BMC had identified 1,236 buildings across the city as highly dangerous, dilapidated and in need of immediate evacuation. Recently, after petitioning the Bombay High Court, the civic body has been empowered to use the Mumbai Police to forcibly evacuate residents from these structures after due procedures are followed. “We are at present in the process of informing the police at ward levels and drawing up  paperwork for residents, which will safeguard their rights before any unwilling evacuation is carried out. It is an ongoing process and is bound to take time,” said additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani.

Till Saturday afternoon, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Colaba recorded 26.6 mm rainfall in the island city, while the Santacruz weather station recorded 39.5 mm rainfall. Till Saturday afternoon, the city had received about 23 per cent of the
expected average annual rainfall.

Though several parts of Mumbai, such as Hindmata, Parel TT, Sion (East), Kurla, Ghatkopar, Chembur, Bandra and Malad, were inundated for hours since Friday, the civic body’s data claimed that waterlogging complaints registered on Friday stood at ‘nil’.

According to the BMC, around 58 trees fell over the last two days due to strong winds and heavy rain. As many as 11 incidents of hazardous electrical short-circuits were also reported, of which eight took place in the island city.


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