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MUMBAI FLOOD

Dhaka experienced heavy rains (156mm within 24 hours) early this month. The excess downpours inundated nearly a quarter of the cosmopolitan disrupting lives of its 10 million citizens. Streets and roads remained waterlogged, schools were shut down and shopping malls remained closed.

But nothing is close to what Mumbai has experienced in last couple of days. The incessant rains recorded at 896 mm in 24 hours were more than anybody could imagine. The streets looked like rivers, people stuck at workplaces overnight, powers are cut in many places, phone lines are not working, interconnectivity with outside is on halt as flights and trains are suspended. The state government has declared a public holiday for two days.

Indian Blogger Dina Mehta cannot reach San Jose to attend at Blogher conference because her scheduled flight has been delayed indefinitely.

Indian bloggers have updates on the situation here and here.

15 comments

  • DEAR READERS,
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    cheers
    Ashish Panchal.

    • rehan

      sir i want to keep record because there r so many friends of me who do not have a knowleage.they dont believe me
      that’s why i want to shwo them.plz if possible than send me video clips of this said moments.

      Rehan

  • shishir joshi

    I am a journalist based in mumbai and spent 40 hours working without a break…with my team of 20 journalists….to ensure the best tv pictures and news is provided to people on the mumbai floods..
    nothing that can be imnagined happened during the floods…

  • […] Rezwan had posted about the Mumbai Floods a while back. This is in continuation… […]

  • VIVEK NEELAKANTAN

    Mumbai flood was a result of the large scale urbanization without a care for nature.Concrete jungles erupted as eyesores all over Mumbai and along the River Mithi and mangroves simply gave way to buildings without any heed being paid to the environmentalists who were shouting from the rooftops. These mangroves acted as a natural barriers to the sea and in the absence of the same the high tides combined with the cloudburst resulted in flooding of the city which caused widespread loss of human life and property.The drains simply did not function due to having been choked with plastic. the only solution to the choking of the drains would seem to be to ban plastics once and for azll.

  • Sunil D'Abreo

    Is banning the plastic bag the end solution to this???
    My view on this is improvement in the civic habits of EACH and EVERY CITIZEN.
    That has to improve. We can ban all we want but as long as we do not take a concious effort from our side not to use the plastic bag just because it is handy then only will things improve.

  • CHRISTOPHER BRIEN

    dear friends,

    MUMBAI RAIN
    DISRUPTS LIFE AND LIVELIHOOD AT ANTOP HILL – MUMBAI (INDIA)
    26th July 2005 the day when the heaviest rainfall in 100 years was recorded in the city of Mumbai. It shook Mumbai city from its roots and left it to face helplessness. 3-4 hours of massive rainfall left the city sinking. Every thing came to a stand still. Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the railway stations, airports, and bus- stands. It didn’t even leave temples and the animals. It just left away hundreds of destroyed homes and dead bodies of animals and humans. It demanded the life of infants who were just new into this world.
    Mahatma Gandhi Nagar at Antop Hill, Mumbai which lies near the saltpans was in a very sorry state. This huge slum pocket was trapped on one side by Harbour line railway tracks on one side and CGS colony on the other. In the year 1993 this huge slum colony was burnt down by communal forces, but with the help and intervention by Fr.Christopher communal harmony was restored and their homes build with the support from INDIAN REDCROSS&TOI.
    On 26th.July 2005 the incessant rain floods the whole slum colony for more than 12 days and days and nights. Most of the slum dwellers are domestic workers, daily wage laborers and petty artisans. They were hard hit with water logging in their dwelling, causing damage to their little possession and also loss of daily wages which is source of sustenance. The sight of infants falling prey to waterborne diseases and suffering and women growing pale and sad is a sorry sight.
    No help reached them till 20th.August and after a morcha to the collector’s office say the government officials doing panchnamas.They are being misunderstood as Bangladeshis and thus ignored. Their condition is worsening. A survey was conducted by PREM and we have discovered more than 1700 hutments were damaged and their possession destroyed and washed away. After much pressure we were able to get immediate ration.
    This note is an appeal for immediate relief and rehabilitation to more than 1700 families all of them are migrants from Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, rural Mahrashtra, Bengal and Bangladesh. We would be grateful to your esteemed organization to reach out and help the marginalized community of Antop hill and do enable them to rebuild their disrupted lives.
    We are basically looking for immediate relief like foodgrains, shelter materials; educational materials for school children and above all water purifying tablets. We also have in place to address the long term need of well planned shelter, sanitation and better drainage.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    With Warm regards,

    CHRISTOPHER BRIEN,

    PEOPLES’ RIGHTS EDUCATION MOVEMENT (PREM)

    A/13 SAI APARTMENTS,

    FOUR BUNGLOWS,

    J.P. ROAD,

    MUMBAI 400058

    M.S. INDIA

    E-MAIL cbrienanto@yahoo.com

    premproject@yahoo.com

  • I was greatly moved on seeing the actual pictures of the mumbai floods.
    I appreciate the utmost efforts that has been made by the various people in and outside mumbai.
    But there is a question ringing always in my mind.Despite of the fact that we are so very well aware of the situations and the consequences,we still fail to prevent them from happinig.
    I think the problem lies in the awareness the common people themselves are not aware of the havoc which a small negligience or carelessness could lead to.
    The government too need to be a bit agile.There is an urgent need for an empirical approach to avoid such mishappenings.
    Let us all join hands and raise our voices so that each and every indian is aware that the future of india does lie very much in their hands.

  • esha

    i hv never seen such a fantastic effort -hatts off 2 u guys!!my english paper will go well coz of u!!!

  • tarun

    the 26th july thing shook us from head to foot. i hope and pray that it does not happen again. my house is on the ground floor and the water in my house was 10feet

    it is okay to SEE this happening to people like us but it nis very sad to see the slum people

  • MUMBAI RAIN
    DISRUPTS LIFE AND LIVELIHOOD AT ANTOP HILL – MUMBAI (INDIA)
    26th July 2005 the day when the heaviest rainfall in 100 years was recorded in the city of Mumbai. It shook Mumbai city from its roots and left it to face helplessness. 3-4 hours of massive rainfall left the city sinking. Every thing came to a stand still. Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the railway stations, airports, and bus- stands. It didn’t even leave temples and the animals. It just left away hundreds of destroyed homes and dead bodies of animals and humans. It demanded the life of infants who were just new into this world.
    Mahatma Gandhi Nagar at Antop Hill, Mumbai which lies near the saltpans was in a very sorry state. This huge slum pocket was trapped on one side by Harbour line railway tracks on one side and CGS colony on the other. In the year 1993 this huge slum colony was burnt down by communal forces, but with the help and intervention by Fr.Christopher communal harmony was restored and their homes build with the support from INDIAN REDCROSS&TOI.
    On 26th.July 2005 the incessant rain floods the whole slum colony for more than 12 days and days and nights. Most of the slum dwellers are domestic workers, daily wage laborers and petty artisans. They were hard hit with water logging in their dwelling, causing damage to their little possession and also loss of daily wages which is source of sustenance. The sight of infants falling prey to waterborne diseases and suffering and women growing pale and sad is a sorry sight.
    No help reached them till 20th.August and after a morcha to the collector’s office say the government officials doing panchnamas.They are being misunderstood as Bangladeshis and thus ignored. Their condition is worsening. A survey was conducted by PREM and we have discovered more than 1700 hutments were damaged and their possession destroyed and washed away. After much pressure we were able to get immediate ration.
    This note is an appeal for immediate relief and rehabilitation to more than 1700 families all of them are migrants from Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, rural Mahrashtra, Bengal and Bangladesh. We would be grateful to your esteemed organization to reach out and help the marginalized community of Antop hill and do enable them to rebuild their disrupted lives.
    We are basically looking for immediate relief like foodgrains, shelter materials; educational materials for school children and above all water purifying tablets. We also have in place to address the long term need of well planned shelter, sanitation and better drainage.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    With Warm regards,

    VEER MAHESHWARI

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