Heavy rain fell in Mumbai between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sunday, causing landslides and flooding in several places.
According to municipal authorities, heavy rains caused landslides in the Mahul and Vikhroli areas of Mumbai's eastern suburbs overnight, killing 15 people and injuring at least two others. The Prime Minister's Office declared that the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) will provide 2 lakhs in relief to the deceased's next of kin and 50,000 to the injured.
As per the disaster management cell of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), a concrete slab collapsed in the Vashi Naka neighborhood of Mahul due to a landslide at around 1 a.m. on Sunday, killing 12 persons and wounding at least two more.
According to BMC, all 12 persons were transported to Rajawadi Hospital, where they were pronounced dead, while the two injured were treated and released.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also dispatched to the Mahul landslide site to conduct search and rescue operations. “Incessant rainfall has triggered landslides in Vashi-Naka, Chembur,” the NDRF said in a statement early this morning. He further stated that 4-5 homes were affected.
Before the NDRF crew arrived, 10 dead bodies were removed by local BMC/fire department employees, and one dead body of a female was found by the NDRF team. 6 to 8 people are thought to be trapped. The NDRF team in charge is on the scene, and a search and rescue operation is underway.”
According to the BMC's disaster management unit, five to six houses fell at Panchsheel Chawl in the Surya Nagar area of Vikhroli, killing three people and wounding two more.
Heavy rain fell throughout the city overnight, with the heaviest amounts falling between 12 and 3 a.m. Waterlogging was recorded in Borivali, Kandivali, Malad, Andheri, Chembur, Kurla, Gandhi Market, Hindmata, and other parts of the city. According to BMC, the island city received 156 mm of rain between 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday, with the eastern suburbs receiving 143 mm of severe rain and the western suburbs received 125 mm.
A tweet from the PMO on Sunday morning revealed that the PMNRF would grant Rs. 2 lakh to the relatives of those who died in the Mumbai wall collapses, and Rs. 50,000 to those who were injured. PM Narendra Modi also conveyed his sorrow over the deaths.
“I am saddened by the deaths caused by wall collapses in Mumbai's Chembur and Vikhroli. My thoughts are with the grieving families. “Praying for a swift recovery for those who have been injured,” PM stated in a tweet on Sunday morning.