Cyclone Vayu aftermath: 1 dead, 5 injured as panels fall of Churchgate hoarding, Bandra skywalk

Cyclone Vayu aftermath: Hoarding crashes in Churchgate, skywalk panels fall in Bandra
The bad weather conditions also delayed nearly 400 flights, caused a girder to dislocate on WR’s Mumbai-Surat section and a tree to fall inside a Kandivali society (Picture Courtesy: Shubham Mittal, Pankaj Ahuja)

At least one person died and five others were injured in separate incidents as strong winds swept the city on Wednesday on account of cyclone Vayu.

Hoarding falls in Churchgate

One person died and two others suffered injuries after several aluminium cladding panels fell at the busy Churchgate railway station yesterday afternoon.

A total of five big and small aluminium-cement panels got uprooted due to gusty winds and crashed from the upper floors of the Churchgate station building around 12:45 pm.

The panels were part of the 81 ft x 54 ft mural of Mahatma Gandhi, installed in November 2017 at the station building. They fell on three pedestrians, one of whom suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the G.T. Hospital near CSMT.

Cyclone Vayu aftermath: Hoarding crashes in Churchgate, skywalk panels fall in Bandra 1
The panels were part of the 81 ft x 54 ft mural of Mahatma Gandhi installed at the station

The 62-year-old, identified as Madhukar Appa Narvekar, later succumbed to his injuries. Two others sustained minor injuries but did not need immediate medical care.

Western Railway subsequently announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the deceased

Skywalk collapse in Bandra

In the second incident, an acrylic hoarding blew off a skywalk and crashed on three pedestrians in Bandra West around 1.30 pm. The skywalk connects Bandra station to the junction near Lucky Restaurant on S.V. Road.

Three women – Tejal Kadam (27), Malisa Nazareth (30) and Sulakshana Vaze (41) – were injured after the hoarding collapsed on them. All three were rescued by onlookers and taken to nearby Holy Family Hospital for treatment.

None of them suffered any major physical injury and were discharged from the hospital the same day. Civic officials, meanwhile, dismantled the acrylic panels from the skywalk yesterday night.

Other incidents

A girder of the road-over-bridge between Gholvad and Umbergaon stations on WR’s Mumbai-Surat section was dislocated due to heavy winds, resulting in the cancellation of several suburban services. None of the five dislocated iron girders fell on the ground and were put in place after nearly two hours.

Three vehicles were damaged after a tree fell inside a housing society in Lokhandwala Complex at Kandivali (East) around 1:15 pm yesterday. The tree fell on three parked cars, none of which were occupied at the time of the mishap.

The proximity of Vayu, and the resultant rainfall & winds, also affected suburban services on both Central and Western line – all of which were running late by 10-15 minutes yesterday evening.

Even air traffic was affected due to bad weather conditions. According to reports, a total 194 departing flights and 192 arrivals were delayed from Mumbai airport in the wake of cyclone Vayu.

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