Monsoon Rain in Mumbai

Dozens dead in Mumbai after ‘monstrous’ monsoon rain caused landslide

Thunderstorm that caused the intense rainfall in Indian city was described as ‘uncommon’ for the time of year.
Many people have died in the Indian city of Mumbai after an intense burst of rainfall caused a landslide and wall collapse, as changing monsoon patterns due to climate change lead to more extreme rains across India.

Heavy rainfall, described by meteorologists as “monstrous”, hammered down on India’s financial capital over the weekend causing mass devastation. In the eastern suburb of Chembur, the collapse of a wall in the night led to a landslide that enveloped homes as people were sleeping.

At least 10 people were also killed in the suburb of Vikhroli in the city’s north-east, when a landslide hit several homes, and three others in the city were killed in separate incidents.

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The rain also inundated a water purification plant, leaving part of the city without drinking water. Mumbai residents were advised to boil water from the tap before consuming it. There were lot of water pollution
The coastal city of Mumbai has always badly hit by the monsoon, and suffers flooding every year but it is feared that the changing patterns of the rains due to climate change will lead to even more extreme flooding and damage.

In recent years, the monsoon has shifted towards long dry spells broken up by burst of extreme rainfall, which are more likely to flood drains and overwhelm infrastructure in the over-populated city.

The thunderstorm that caused the intense rainfall was described as “uncommon” for this time of year. On Sunday morning, some areas of Mumbai experienced over 20cm of rainfall in the space of just a few hours.

The heaviest monsoon rain downpour in nearly 50 years has brought Mumbai to a standstill, with stranded passengers at railway stations having to be rescued by dinghies from waist-high water.

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People who live in areas normally unaffected by the annual monsoon flooding looked out from their high-rise flats at new swirling rivers
downpours and winds of more than 100km/h tossing cars aside, uprooting trees, tearing down hoardings and smashing cranes at the port.

Even on Marine Drive, the famous arc-shaped boulevard that runs alongside the Arabian Sea and has lined with art deco buildings, the relentless rain caused flooding.

This area has normally not affected by torrential monsoon rain as the drainage system usually works better than in low-lying areas of the city that are usually worst-hit.

Every year we suffer from flooding, every year it’s the same nightmare but this is altogether different.

I saw coconuts flying off in the air and smashing into car windows,” said Reshma Patil who lives on the 10th floor of an apartment block on Peddar Road signposts and huge metal sheets from a nearby construction site flying past his window.

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Waterlogged roads, fallen trees and abandoned cars have added to the usual traffic mayhem in this city of 12 million people where approximately 60% of the population live in slums.

Train and bus services has been suspended and many flights cancelled.
People who have stranded and unable to go home have been put up inside schools that have been turned into temporary shelters.

Every year monsoon rains bring the city to a halt and expose its crumbling infrastructure. Every year the city authorities promise to clear the Victorian-era drainage system of silt and debris before the monsoon hits but the same deluge happens, disrupting normal life for weeks
people have died due to the incessant rains, which has caused homes to collapse and led to an increase in snake bites.

Dozens of people have also died in Bihar, where boats have been deployed to rescue stranded residents.
A major cause of the flooding was the lack of natural drainage in affected areas, he explained. “Natural drainage has been destroyed, natural ponds have been destroyed, people have built their houses on the flood plains. These are the problems because once you destroy the natural drainage, water doesn’t find a place to go out. It leads to flooding,Water had entered the ground-floor flat below him, he said, but he was OK because he lived on the first floor. “Everything has under water, there has only water everywhere, all the cars have submerged, all the schools and offices have closed because of this rain. We can’t go out, we can only see water everywhere,” said Ranjan. Electricity is available for an hour each morning.

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