With the monsoon firmly establishing its presence over the past two days,Mumbai struggled to retain composure as it witnessed a total of 37 tree falling incidents,a building collapse in Malad that claimed one life and train services disrupted during peak hours on Central Railways main line.
Chandrakant Sanghavi (57),a resident of Gopal Bhawan building near Mamalatdarwadi,Malad (west),was killed when a building collapsed around 7 am. According to a BMC engineer,the building had been declared dangerous and the property had been vacated except for Sanghavi,who was rescued at 9.15 am and rushed to Bhagwati Hospital in Borivali (west). He was declared brought dead.
In the island city,the BMC received 10 complaints of tree-falling incidents,15 in eastern suburbs and 12 in the western suburbs. No injuries were reported.
The CR halted traffic on the down local line between Mulund and Thane sections between 11.15 am and 1.50 pm as a precautionary measure due to a subsidence. Up and down line services were running late by 20 to 25 minutes during this period and 40 services were cancelled. A CR spokesman said soil seepage in the area was observed due to the work of pushing a pipe under the railway tracks for laying a cable for the DC-AC conversion. Th down services between Badlapur and Vangani were disrupted for about an hour during evening peak hours as soil washed away from embankments. The section was restored by 7 pm.
Complaints of severe waterlogging were received across Kandivali (east and west) and at Worli and Sion in the island city. The areas that saw the most flooding include the Malad Subway,where traffic had to be diverted,parts of Andheri subway,Ghatkopar near Shreyas Cinema and Hindmata area in Parel.
There were traffic snarls on the Western and Eastern Express Highways on Wednesday. Other parts of the city like Sion,Priyadarshini area near Chembur and parts of Worli saw extended traffic snarls because of the rain. Traffic police said the areas witnessed long traffic jams. There were some problem areas like the Western Express Highway where a dumper overturned in the morning on the Goregaon flyover. This added to chaos as traffic had to be diverted. Other areas of the city also saw snarls, said Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Brijesh Singh.
As many as 15 draining pumps were made operational by BMCs stormwater drainage department. While seven were active in the island city,two were operational in the eastern suburbs and six in the western suburbs.