Mumbai rains: 3 died in Vikhroli

[India], August 30 (ANI): Three people died, on Tuesday midnight, in Vikhroli, due to the heavy rains in Mumbai.

A two-storeyed building collapsed killing one and injuring two at Varsha Nagar in Vikhroli. The injured have been rushed to the hospital.

Other than that, two people died after a landslide in Vikhroli’s Surya Nagar.

Mumbai on Tuesday recorded 297.6mm rain in 9 hours (8:30am-5:30pm), higher than any 24-hour rain in August in a decade.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that due to IMD warnings, people in Mumbai and areas around the city are advised to stay home unless there is an emergency.

Fadnavis also instructed suspension of toll collection at all Mumbai entry points and sea link till situation is back to normal.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that all educational institutions in Mumbai will remain closed tomorrow.

President Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Home Minsiter Rajnath Singh expressed concern over the heavy downpour in Mumbai.

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “Thoughts with families, especially children, in Mumbai & western parts of country hit by heavy downpour.”

“Govt and public agencies taking all steps amid heavy rains. Glad to note voluntary groups and citizens too coming together (sic),” he added.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too assured full assistance to the state government in mitigating the situation.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said that he also spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the situation arising due to incessant rain.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he spoke to Fadnavis and promised all possible support from the Centre.

“Had a telephonic conversation with Maharashtra CM Shri @Dev_Fadnavis regarding the situation due to heavy rains in Mumbai and nearby areas (sic),” he tweeted.

“I also assured the Maharashtra CM of all possible help from the Centre. The NDRF teams have already reached Mumbai for rescue & relief ops (sic),” his another tweet said.

Indian Navy said that it had pressed five flood rescue teams and two diving teams to render assistance at different locations across Mumbai.

The rains have come when the city is celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh pandals have come forward to help out people stranded in the rains. And, Gurudwaras have also come forward to serve langar (food) to needy people.

Siddhivinayak temple is providing shelter, tea and snacks to people stuck in the area. (ANI)

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