Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The survival of the wettest

Bridge over troubled waters
A crowd over a bridge near Chinchpokoli
Wake up and see the Lower Parel
Lower Parel is affected by the deluge
Sleeper class
A commuter seizes the opportunity for a nap
Kids find a safe perch a la carte as survival stays high on the menu
It’s business unusual as this bread and eggs seller learns life is not always sunny side up
My fate not in my hands
Youngsters get wet and wild as the waters swirl around them at Matunga
By hook or by book
School children hang on for dear life as they go home
A trunk call for divine help
Ganpati murtis in the water at Chinchpokli
Time City
(in millimeters)
(in millimeters)
8.30 am to 11.30 am 0.00 0.9
11.30 am to 2.30 pm 7 18.4
2.30 pm to 5.30 pm 26.5 380.6
5.30 pm to 8.30 pm 0.6 267.6
Total in 12 hours 40.1 666.9


* The highest rainfall in Maharashtra was recorded 575 milimeters in August 1974. Today’s rainfall was an all time high after 31 years.

* Heavy rain to hit Mumbai in the next 48-hours.

* MTNL, Orange, BPL, BSNL services were restricted.

* Reliance switched off its power supply in western and eastern suburbs.

* 28 killed: 22 dead in Raigad, 6 dead in Ratnagiri, 159 trapped in landslide across the state.

* Army and Navy have been put on rescue operations.

* 8-year-old boy killed in wall collapse in Kandivli.

* Fire brigade received over 1,000 calls throughout the day on flooding, tree falls, short circuits and drowning cases.

* A 10-foot long wall adjacent to Majas Depot, opposite Fantasy Land collapsed. Ten to 15 families of construction labourers are feared dead.

* Schools in Mumbai and Thane to be shut for two days.

* Mumbai–Pune Express Highway closed.

* Vidarbha, Marathwada and Talegao to expect heavy rainfalls over the next few days.

* State government ask people to restrict travel as far as possible.

* Electricity in some part of the city gone.

* Reliance stop power supply in some parts of the suburbs. It will restore power when the water level recedes.

* Warning issued to fishermen.

* Army, SRPF and Home Guard to begin rescue operation.

* State government appraises Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil about the situation.

* Landslides in Raigad.

* Navy to start rescue operation in Raigad from Wednesday.

* 54 people feared dead and over 150 injured across the State.

* State announces high alert.

* Rain measure 600 ml till late at night an heaviest in this season.

* Airport closed down.

* Government ask for center help.

* Jet and Sahara airlines cancels their flight. Indian airlines diverted six flights.

* Local and mobile phones down in some part of the city.

* Eleven gates of Vishnupuri dam have been opened and villagers along the bank of Godavari river have been alerted and district administration has geared up for relocating them.

* The BEST ran 425 extra buses all over the city to relive the people.

* Byculla, Masjid Bunder, Sion, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Mulund in the Central railway, Mankhurd and Chembur o the Harbour and Mumbai Central, Grant road, Matunga road on the Western railways were the station which were affected the most.

Heavy rains affect mobile/phone and power supplies.

The total rain recorded between 8.30 am to 8.30 pm was 660 cm.

Heavy rains today affected the phone networks jamming mobile phones across the city causing inconvenience to the scores of consumers, especially those stranded due to the inundation.

Mobile service providers MTNL, BSNL, Orange and BPL were to a certain extent affected while Orange reported some equipment failure which was being rectified, company officials said.

The spokespersons of the Tata Indicom, Reliance and Airtel, who could be contacted on their mobile phones, claimed that their respective networks were working properly as there was enough back up and no inconvenience was caused to the customers.

The officials of Orange and BPL, however, could not be reached.
A telecom company official said that during such circumstances there is a heavy traffic and the network is jammed as people want to call leading to the collapse of the network.

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