2 die as rains paralyse Mumbai city

dvow943iJust a week after the monsoons set in torrential rains paralysed Mumbai and the surrounding areas, killing two people, severely affecting road, rail and air traffic and inconveniencing thousands of daily commuters.

The victims are Ranjit Gupta, 60, and Gaurav Karnik, 5, living in a building in Wadala. They were electrocuted by loose live wires.

Mumbai city recorded 283 mm rainfall and the suburbs averaged 209 mm in 24 hours. Rainwater flooded low-lying homes in the slums and tenements in various parts of the city.

Maharashtra coastal regions including Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri also experienced torrential rains and several towns and villages were flooded. Heavy rain was also reported from Pune, Satara, Kohlapur, Aurangabad, Nashik and other cities.

The National Disaster Relief Force, Territorial Army, Mumbai police, fire brigade, home guards and other agencies including Navy ships and helicopters were on standby along with boats, life rafts and other equipment.

Opposition leaders criticised the BJP government and the BMC for putting the lives of citizens at risk with tall claims of monsoon preparedness.