Several old structures damaged in Mumbai rain, PM assures help

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray asks people to stay indoors and venture out only for essential work

Uddhav Thackeray took stock of the situation and asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to coordinate with the police and railway authorities. Photo: Twitter

The torrential rains that have been lashing Mumbai and adjourning regions have caused extensive damage to several structures in the city. A video of a portion of an old building collapsing in Mumbai’s Dadar area has been doing the rounds on social media.

Gutsy winds and heavy rains on Wednesday (August 05) resulted in the signage atop the headquarters of leading stock exchange BSE getting damaged and dangling from the iconic building’s facade. Asia’s oldest bourse is housed in the 29-storey Phiroze Jeejeebhoy Towers, which is the highest building in the Fort area of south Mumbai.

The DY Patil Stadium in Nerul was also damaged extensively due to the rains. Sanjay Kumar, who is the Commissioner of Navi Mumbai Police, posted pictures of the damage. The DY Patil stadium in the past has hosted the final of the Indian Premier League and also matches of the U17 FIFA World Cup and also many other noted sporting events.

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“Due to heavy rain and winds, tree has fallen on feeders. The power supply of consumers in Uran, Panvel, Kamothe, Bhingari, Kalamboli areas were affected. The power supply of Kamothe is restored. Panvel is partially charged. The restoration work is in progress,” the Commissioner said in another tweet.

Meanwhile, a 38-year-old man allegedly died of electrocution in an inundated area in the western suburb of Dahisar, police said. Shambhu Jagdish Soni, who worked at a tile manufacturing unit, was found dead on the waterlogged streets of Anand Nagar locality by some passersby in the morning hours.

Out-of-favour India hockey striker Yuvraj Walmiki faced a peculiar problem as he tried to drain out water which flowed into his house in the wake of the heavy rains in Mumbai. Yuvraj posted a video on his twitter handle, where he was seen trying to drain out ankle-level water from the drawing-room of his flat.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked people to stay indoors and venture out only for essential work. Thackeray took stock of the situation and asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to coordinate with the police and railway authorities, health machinery and the NDRF to ensure that citizens do not face any hardships.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Uddhav Thackeray over the phone about the prevailing situation in Mumbai and surrounding areas due to heavy rains and assured all possible support, the Prime Minister’s Office said. The Prime Minister had assured Thackeray all possible support, it said.

The Chief Ministers Office (CMO) late Wednesday night said Thackeray apprised Modi of steps being taken to safeguard citizens during the heavy rains. Thackeray thanked the Prime Minister for offering support, the CMO tweeted. He also congratulated Modi for laying the foundation stone of the Ram temple at Ayodhya, it added.

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