Cyclone Vayu aftermath: 1 dead, 5 injured as panels fall of Churchgate hoarding, Bandra skywalk
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.
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.
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.
A Girder of ROB between Gholvad-Umbergaon on Mumbai – Surat section was dislocated due to heavy winds following wch the block is extended. Work to fix it is on war footing & expected to be over in one hour. Trains are regulated till then. Inconvenience caused is deeply regretted. pic.twitter.com/ejgNMwEJtd
— Western Railway (@WesternRly) June 12, 2019
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.