Mumbai, August 31: The death toll in the August 29 torrential rains that brought Mumbai to a halt has reached 17. The police recovered 12 more bodies on Wednesday and the body of Dr Deepak Amarapurkar, who had been missing since Tuesday, was found on Thursday morning. Mumbai recorded 298 mm of rainfall on Tuesday, highest since 1997. The rains led to massive waterlogging across the city, bringing the traffic and the lifeline of Mumbai – the local trains – to a halt.Also Read - IPL 2022 Retention: Mumbai Indians Interested in Ex-Delhi Capitals Captain Shreyas Iyer, Could Attract Massive Bid at Mega Auction
Among those dead was a toddler and also a lawyer who was suffocated to death in his car in Sion. While many were washed away by the water flow, some dies due to extreme cold after being exposed to the rain for long. Also Read - Maharashtra Issues Fresh Restrictions, Permissions For All Travellers. Read Detailed Guidelines Here
On Tuesday, many Mumbaikars were stranded on roads, in trains and some spent the night in their offices. Life began to come back to normal on Wednesday when the intensity of the rains decreased and water receded from the roads. Rescue and search operations are still on for people who have been reported to be missing. While rains continued, people came out to help each other. Also Read - Maharashtra: Central Railway Announces To Revert Platform Ticket Price to Rs 10 At These Stations
Questions are being raised on the preparedness of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that had promised no waterlogging this monsoon.
Several building collapses and tree collapses were also reported since Tuesday. A metro bridge also collapsed in the city on Tuesday reportedly, leaving at least six people dead.