On Monday, as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) initiated the process of allocating alternative housing in Mahul, slum-dwellers in Ambedkar Nagar and Pimpri Pada continued to oppose the decision demanding housing close to their washed away homes.
Sonali was swept away by rainwater after a 35-ft wall collapsed in Ambedkar Nagar in Malad (East) and washed away hundreds of shanties on July 2, when Malad received an average rainfall of over 450 mm.
When the wall collapsed and water flooded their hut, Sunil Sakpal was swept away along with wife Sunita (35) and Sonali, the eldest in amongst three children. Sakpal was rescued by locals and wife Sunita was found a few meters down the slope. Both suffered minor injuries.
On Friday, 70 people injured in the incident remained admitted in five hospitals across Mumbai with minor fractures and breathing complaints. “They are all stable,” said Dr Pradeep Angre, superintendent of Kandivali Shatabdi hospital.