Thane: As many as 26 persons have died so far in a wall collapse in Pimpripada area of Malad East due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai on Tuesday. A small dam called Tiware in Tehsil Chiplun of Ratnagiri was breached causing a flood-like situation in 7 downstream villages, ANI reported on Wednesday. At least nine persons were killed and 24 others were reported as missing in the Tiwari Dam breach. Notably, around 12 houses near the dam have been washed away. Soon after the incident, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team, members of civil administration, police and volunteers had rushed to the spot.
Besides, at least 25 people had lost their lives in rain-related accidents across Mumbai as the city witnessed the heaviest rainfall yesterday, breaking its record of 1974.
The financial capital of the country was paralysed with most roads getting clogged and local train services, virtually coming to a standstill. Besides road and rail, flight operations at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport were also hit severely due to heavy rains and a SpiceJet aircraft blocking a runway after overshooting it shortly before midnight.
In wake of the heavy rainfall, the Maharashtra government declared a precautionary public holiday on Tuesday in Mumbai, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis requesting people to stay indoors unless they have absolutely important work outside.