The much awaited seasonal monsoon rains have created chaos in Maharashtra whereby 13 people lost their lives in Mumbai’s Malad area, and six construction workers, in a separate incident, are feared dead after a wall of the Singhagad College campus collapsed on their shanties. And late Monday night, a Spice Jet flight, from Jaipur to Mumbai, overshot the runway while landing at the Mumbai airport amidst the torrential rain.
In regards to the incident in Mumbai’s Malad area, the BMC said it is an extremely unfortunate incident. In a tweet, BMC confirmed 13 people had died in the retaining wall collapse built on a hill slope in Kurar Village. Moreover, many are feared to be trapped under the debris.
The Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis declared a compensation of Rs5 lakh for the kin of the deceased in the Malad wall collapse incident. According to ANI, Fadnavis said he was pained by the loss of lives. “My thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones and prayers for a speedy recovery of the injured,” he said.
Meanwhile in Pune, according to the Hindu, the compound wall of the Sinhagad College campus collapsed on the shanties early today morning, due to incessant rain during the past 24-hours. The laborers who succumbed in the incident were from Chhattisgarh and lived in a tin hutmen adjoining the wall. Reports say rescue operations are in the process as several people are trapped under the debris.
Today morning, the Maharashtra government announced that only emergency services will remain functional in Mumbai due to incessant rains that has affected the road traffic and railways in the city.
Following Spice Jet’s overshoot incident, a secondary runway is operational at the Mumbai airport. A number of flights have been diverted to neighboring airports of Bengaluru and Ahmedabad to prevent and avoid incidents.
Maharashtra will experience a vigorous monsoon for the next four to five days as predicted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune. IMD also predicted widespread rains in southern parts of Maharashtra and Konkan Goa.