At least 21 people were killed in three separate cases of wall collapse in Mumbai, Kalyan and Maharashtra after heavy rains hit financial capital and areas around.
A wall of a school crashed upon two adjacent houses in Kalyan near, killing three, including a three-year-old boy. The incident reportedly happened at 12.30 AM today. Four others trapped in the debris of the wall collapse were pulled out with the help of local residents, police and fire brigade.
In the meantime, six people were killed and three others injured after a wall of Sinhgad College, Ambegaon collapsed at around 1:15 am today. Soon after the incident, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team reached at the spot and rescue operation is currently underway.
In another incident, 13 people were killed and four others critically injured after a compound wall collapsed due to heavy rain in Mumbai's Malad East. The incident reportedly took place in Pimpripada in Malad East area.
A team of NDRF has reached the site of the incident. The team has also deployed a dog squad at the spot. Other agencies such as the fire brigade and police are also present there as search operations are underway. The officials stated that three to five people may be trapped under the debris of the wall collapse.
“Thirteen people have been admitted to a trauma centre in Jogeshwari area of Mumbai and at Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali,” the officials noted.
In a tweet, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Pained to know about the loss of lives in Malad Wall Collapse incidence. My thoughts are with families who lost loved ones & prayers for speedy recovery of injured. ₹5 lakh will be given to the kin of deceased.”
Pained to know about the loss of lives in Malad Wall Collapse incidence. My thoughts are with families who lost loved ones & prayers for speedy recovery of injured.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) July 2, 2019
₹5 lakh will be given to the kin of deceased.#MumbaiRains
It is to be noted that Mumbai, and nearby areas is witnessing one of its most intense monsoon spells this year as the city has received the highest rainfall in a decade over a two-day period.
Also, the Meteorological Department warned of "extremely heavy" rainfall in adjoining areas of Thane and Palghar on July 2, 4 and 5. Amid heavy rainfall causing waterlogging at various places in Mumbai and surrounding Metropolitan area, the state government has declared July 2 as a holiday for all the government and private schools.
In a tweet, Maharashtra School Education Minister Ashish Shelar said, “#Mumbairains Would like to announce and confirm that tomm 2nd July 2019 has been declared as holiday ,for all schools( public & private ) in Mumbai , Navi Mumbai, Thane , kokan areas ! Stay safe!”
#Mumbairains Would like to announce and confirm that tomm 2nd July 2019 has been declared as holiday ,for all schools( public & private ) in Mumbai , Navi Mumbai, Thane , kokan areas ! Stay safe ! @mybmc @Dev_fadnavis @CMOMaharashtra
— ashish shelar (@ShelarAshish) July 1, 2019