Torrential Rains Halt Mumbai's Speed: Water Enters Hospitals; 9 State Highways Shut

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Torrential Rains Halt Mumbai's Speed: Water Enters
The challenges of Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, have mounted amid the Coronavirus pandemic and cyclone ‘Nisarga’ that now heavy downpour has left a trail of destruction.

The situation is so bad that roads, railways tracks are submerged and trees have been uprooted in many places. The rainwater has entered hospitals and residential areas. According to the Maharashtra government, 34 roads including nine state highways are closed for traffic movement. Rajaram dam is currently flowing above danger mark in Kolhapur.

The state government and BMC teams are running a continuous operation. BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal visited Peddar Road where a portion of a wall collapsed. He said that Colaba, Nariman Point, Marine Drive, etc. received 300 mm rainfall in just four hours. “It was unprecedented”, he said. 

Even the situation in Mumbai hospitals is deteriorating. After JJ Hospital, water entered Nair Hospital in Mumbai. 

Pramod Mahajan Kovid Health Center in Bhayander East was inaugurated online by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday. A temporary shed was built in the centre at a value of crores of rupees, but after a few hours of rain, water also entered it and the patients admitted here had to shift.

Two local trains got stuck due to flooding on railway tracks after which NDRF teams ran a rescue operation. Around 290 people were rescued from both trains. 

Mumbai's Colaba received 331.8 mm rainfall and Santacruz recorded rainfall in the last 24 hours. Earlier in August 1974, 262 mm rainfall was recorded in Colaba.

As the situation worsens, the state government, BMC and Mumbai Police have appealed to the people to stay in their homes. Sion, Matunga, Khar Subway, Dadar TT, Matunga, Sheikh Mistry Dargah, Postal Colony, Chembur, Lime Bhatti, Mankhurd Railway Station, Tilaknagar, Andheri Subway, Dahisar Subway, Malad Subway, Borivali and other areas are battling waterlogging.

The effect of heavy rains in Maharashtra is also visible in Karnataka. On Wednesday, due to the release of water from the Koya dam, Maharashtra created a flood-like situation in Belagavi, Karnataka. It can be seen clearly in the pictures how most of the temple has been drowned due to release of water. The same situation is in Kodagu district of Karnataka where the flood risk is increasing.

Similarly, in Pithoragarh, Nainital, Champawat, Bageshwar, Dehradun and Pauri of Uttarakhand, the condition of continuous rains is unbearable. The Tawaghat-Lipulekh road connecting the China border, the Tawaghat-Sobla-Tidang road, has been disrupted for ten days.


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