At least 12 people were killed and several others injured in Mumbai’s Chembur area due to landslides following heavy rains that lashed the city and its suburbs on Saturday night and on Sunday morning, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials said.
“About 4-5 houses affected. 10 dead bodies have been retrieved by Local BMC/ Fire brigade personnel before NDRF reached and 01 dead body of female has been retrieved by NDRF team,” NDRF said in a statement after the Mumbai accident.
“Further 6 to 8 persons are feared to be trapped. NDRF team under command Inspector Rahul is at the incident site and search and rescue operation is going on,” NDRF added.
According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC’s) disaster management cell, the accident was reported at around 6.30am when the retaining wall of a house collapsed due to a tree fall, it said.
BMC’s disaster management cell said the 12 people were brought dead to the Rajawadi Hospital and two were discharged after being treated for their injuries.
In a separate accident, three people died and two were injured after four to five houses collapsed due to a landslide in the Vikhroli area due to heavy rainfall overnight. The accident was reported at around 2.40am.
The city reported heavy rainfall overnight especially between 12am to 2am. Waterlogging was reported at several places in the city, including Borivali, Kandivali, Malad, Andheri, Chembur, Kurla, Gandhi Market, Hindmata, etc.
According to BMC, the island city recorded a rainfall of 156 mm followed by eastern suburbs reporting 143 mm of heavy rainfall and western suburbs reporting 125 mm of rainfall between 8pm on Saturday and 2am on Sunday.
The Central Railway and Western Railway suspended suburban train services due to water logging in the tracks after the overnight heavy downpour. “@WesternRly Currently No local train services are running in both UP and DN direction till further notice due to water logging at multiple locations,” Mumbai Central’s divisional railway manager (DRM) tweeted.
12 dead, several injured after wall collapses in Mumbai’s Chembur area