IAF rescues 58 people from rain-hit Thane
MUMBAI: AT LEAST six persons were killed in Mumbai and Satara as rains continued to clobber large stretches of Maharashtra, especially the coastal Konkan region, on Sunday, hitting train services badly. IAF helicopters rescued 58 people in Thane and boats were deployed to rescue around 400 people stranded in Mumbai suburbs, officials said. In the State capital, Mala Nigam, 52, and her son Sanket, 26, were killed due to electrocution in Santacruz east and Mehboob M. Shaikh, 20, was washed away in the Mahim Creek off Dharavi, said the BMC Disaster Control.
An IAF Mi17 rescues stranded people in flood-hit Thane, on Sunday. (PTI)
Two persons from Pune - Nitin Shelar and Vaishakh Nambiar - drowned in a waterfall in Satara after their car rammed a barricade on a bridge and tumbled into a flooded rocky drain at Babhalnala early on Sunday, said police official Mahesh Bhavikatti. In Palghar, teenaged Pawan Prajapati, 14, was washed away in Mori village. Following incessant overnight rains, water seeped into many homes in Kranti Nagar, Indira Nagar, Jarimari, Shankarnagar and Bail-bazar areas of Mumbai’s Kurla and two teams of the NDRF deployed rubber boats to rescue around 400 residents stranded there.
“They have been temporarily shifted to Bazarwad Municipal School and other schools. Congress activists have also made arrangements for food, water and medical help as required,” local MLA and Congress deputy leader in Assembly Naseem Khan said. The Indian Air Force deployed a MI-17 helicopter to rescue 58 villagers, including 18 children, from Ju village in neighbouring Thane as they were stranded in rising flood waters. In another operation, the IAF chopper flew to rescue 15 marooned villagers in Buranda (Palghar) but returned as it could not locate them due to heavy rain and poor visibility.
The operations were conducted after a request by the Maharashtra government, and all the stranded people were shifted to safer locations at the Air Force Station in Thane, said an official spokesperson. In Church Road-Dahanukarwadi areas of Kandivali, some locals made temporary rafts of wooden boards to ferry people to nearby areas for replenishing stocks of essentials. In some villages in Pen of Raigad district, around 60 people, stuck in five-six feet deep water since 4 a.m. on Sunday, were rescued by NDRF teams in boats and similarly 40 saved from marooned Mori village in Palghar this afternoon. Most schools and college in Mumbai, Thane, Ratnagiri and Pune have declared a holiday on Monday in view of continuing rains, local officials said. Education Minister Vinod Tawde announced that reporting to ARC and Institutes for CAP Round II for First Year PG Technical Courses in ME/M.Tech. has been extended till August 6 and August 7 respectively in view of the heavy rains.
Meanwhile, Western Railway (WR) services between Vasai-Virar were suspended for several hours as the tracks were flooded, before resuming at reduced speeds after 2.35 p.m. Even Central Railway (CR) services were hit in some sectors like Kurla-Sion due to water-logging on tracks, breaches in railway lines, and landslides on outstation routes, while its suburban Harbour Line was paralysed. Thousands of outstation passengers were stranded at various stations in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar as the train services were disrupted, while hundreds more were stuck in incoming trains that have been halted at various locations en route.
3 girls killed as wall collapses in Bharuch: THREE girls died and two were injured on Sunday after a wall collapsed here in Nadeda Village of Gujarat. All the residents of the house were rushed to Bharuch civil hospital soon after the incident was known. Dr Durendra R Patel, RMO, Bharuch civil hospital said: “A total of five people were bought to the hospital after a wall collapsed in Nadeda Village. Of these, three young girls lost their lives.”
Floods hit North Karnataka; CM to undertake aerial survey: HUNDREDS of villages in North Karnataka were inundated following release of over 2 lakh cusecs of water from Koyna dam in neighbouring Maharashtra on Sunday and torrential rainfall in the region prompting the administration to rope in the Army for relief works. CM B S Yediyurappa reviewed the situation in the region and would undertake an aerial survey of the affected areas on Monday, officials said.