Maharashtra: Heavy downpour causes wall collapse in Mumbai, Pune; 24 dead

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jul 02, 2019, 08.02 AM(IST)

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A compound wall collapsed on the hutments built on a hill slope in Kurar Village in area of Malad East due to heavy downpour. Many are feared trapped under the debris.

As rains continued to wreak havoc in parts of Maharashtra, at least 18 people lost their lives in Mumbai's Malad area while in another incident reported from Pune, six persons were killed.

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A compound wall collapsed on the hutments built on a hill slope in Kurar Village in area of Malad East due to heavy downpour. Many are feared trapped under the debris.

"We pray for the departed souls and are watching over the injured admitted at the hospital," BMC added in another tweet.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced Rs 5 lakh to be given to the kin of the deceased in Malada wall collapse incident.

"Pained to know about the loss of lives in Malad Wall Collapse incidence. My thoughts are with families who lost loved ones and prayers for a speedy recovery of injured. Rs 5 lakh will be given to the kin of deceased," news agency ANI quoted Fadnavis as saying.

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The search operation for more victims under the rubble has been called off, National Disaster Response Force's Rajendra Patil said adding that "In the search by advance equipment, canine search&physical search no more bodies were found."

"So search operation is now being closed."

While, in Pune, six people died and three sustained injuries after a wall collapsed near Ambegan police station. 

More victims are still feared under the rubble and a team of NDRF is at the site for rescue and relief operations.

On June 29, at least 15 people had died while three others sustained injuries after a portion of a wall collapsed near Talab Masjid in Kondhwa area of Pune.

Watch: Rains continue to lash Mumbai; Local train network affected

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted, "Intermittent rain in city and suburbs, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places" for the next 24 hours. 

Following the heavy downpour, the BMC has declared July 2 a public holiday "as a precautionary measure for Mumbai city and its citizens".

The Central railway has also suspended the movement of suburban trains, citing safety hazard. 

The Railways said the state government and various other agencies have been requested to run extra buses between Mumbai and Pune for intercity travellers

 

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