As the water level crosses waist level at many places, Mumbai has started recalling the horror story of the worst floods that hit the city due to unprecedented rains that lashed the city on 26 July 2005.
As the water level crosses waist level at many places, Mumbai has started recalling the horror story of the worst floods that hit the city due to unprecedented rains that lashed the city on 26 July 2005. Officials say today’s heavy rainfall can be compared with that of 2005. It swept the financial capital adjoining Navi Mumbai and Thane regions, causing delays and halt of suburban train services, vehicles crawling through water-logged roads. The city which sets a fiery pace, today came to a standstill. Authorities have advised people to stay indoors, as the MET department has predicted heavy downpour for the next 48 hours. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also reviewed the situation in Mumbai arising out of heavy rainfall, as per PTI.
According to India Today report, in the year 2005, at least 108 people were killed in two days of rains – 25 drowning after being trapped in their cars – and another 190 were feared buried in landslides. Industrialist Anand Mahindra today called it a “Typhoon-like weather.” He tweeted: “Cancelling my flight to Delhi for an Indo Australian meeting.Telling my Aussie friends I’m ‘Down Under’ water in Mumbai.” The flight operation in the airport has also been delayed. “Customers flying ex-BOM are advised to allow more time for their journey to the airport. Congestion on the roads expected due to heavy rainfall,” Vistara tweeted.
Recalling the 2005 rains, a tweeter user, Rachel Lopez said: “#MumbaiRains The worst stories from 26 July 2005 were of people trying to get home. Don’t be brave. Office is safer than street today.” Vivek Tejuja, a Mumbai based writer, had extended his help to his fellow Mumbaikars. He tweeted: “Guys if anyone is stuck between Goregaon to Borivali, please feel free to come over & crash #mumbairains I have 2 cats & books!”
Today, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that the situation was well under control and advised citizens to step out of their homes only if necessary, as per PTI report. Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, “The metropolis has received heavy rainfall since last night. Between 8.30 am and 12 pm today, the city received 85 mm rainfall.”
The 2005 floods were caused as a result of the rainfall that was recorded as the eighth heaviest ever i.e 994 mm rainfall in 24-hour, as per NDTV. On the evening of July, many people were stranded on the road, lost their homes, stuck on their vehicles. A total of 1094 people lost their lives in the state of Maharashtra.