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Mumbai: Two boys fall into drain, one dies

After heavy rainfall on Saturday, landslides, waterlogging, incidents of uprooted trees and wall collapse reported from across the city, IMD forecasts heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 2 days.

| Mumbai | Published: June 26, 2016 12:15:17 am
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Two boys fell into a three-foot wide drain while playing at Highland Park near Mulund west, early Saturday, said the police.

The incident took place at 1.50 am. While 15-year-old Aftab Irfan Khan drowned, Arbaaz Hasan Ansari (12) has been rescued and admitted to Sion Hospital.

In another incident, a woman reportedly slipped and fell into a nullah in Bhandup west on Saturday afternoon. Despite rescue efforts by the fire brigade, she is still missing.

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According to the data collected in the past 24 hours by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), till 8:30 am on Saturday, 58.2 mm rainfall was recorded in Colaba and 115.2 mm in Santa Cruz. Between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm on Saturday, Colaba recorded 95.8 mm and Santa Cruz recorded 34.6 mm rainfall.

“Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in next two days,” said V K Rajeev, director of IMD, Mumbai.

More than 25 complaints of waterlogging have been received by the BMC from Hindmata, Khar subway, Charni Road, Borivli, Mulund, Santa Cruz, Jogeshwari, Goregaon, among other parts of the city. There were at least 20 complaints of partial wall collapse from various areas.

In Khar Danda, 17 people got trapped in a two-storey structure and they were rescued.

Five incidents of landslides have also been reported in Andheri east, Dahisar east, Ghatkopar and Kurla east, among other parts of the city. However, no injury was reported in any of the incidents. More than 70 complaints of trees falling were reported from across the city which led to traffic snarls. Owing to heavy rains, the rail services on Suburban Central and Harbour Line were affected. Trains ran late by half an hour.

However, civic officials were quick to blame the cases of waterlogging on the high tide in the afternoon. “There was high tide of 4.35 metre in the afternoon which made it difficult to drain the storm water. So few areas were waterlogged for some time but then water receded gradually,” said a civic official.

On the rainfall in next two days, the civic body claimed that it was fully prepared to deal with it and had cancelled the leaves of all officials on Sunday. “We are prepared for the rains. We are not satisfied with the rains in the catchment areas of water supplying lakes as the water level is lower that last year’s level on the same day,” said Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner.

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