Over 1,000 evacuated from Kurla as Mithi river overflows, Indian Navy teams deployed
Amid the intense downpour, authorities have evacuated around 1,000 persons from Kurla on Tuesday morning.
Around 1000 people were evacuated from Kranti Nagar, Kurla, to “prevent any untoward incidents due to overflowing Mithi river,” Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Disaster Management said.
Indian Navy deployed various teams to provide relief to rain hit and stranded Mumbaikars.
“Teams from INS Tanaji and Material Organisation were immediately activated and were later joined by naval diving teams. The team from INS Tanaji encountered extreme waterlogging and abandoned vehicles, preventing their own vehicles from reaching the site. The team moved on foot, carrying safety gear like lifebuoys and lifejackets and was able to help elderly women and children to safer areas,” a statement from the Navy said.
“About 1000 people have been shifted to safety with the help of NDRF, fire brigade, Naval teams as well as local volunteers. The Indian Navy teams remain in full readiness to respond as and when required,” the statement added.
As a precautionary measure, a public holiday as also been declared today as a result of which, all government and private school, colleges will remain closed today.
Several parts of the city received over 300 mm rainfall in the 24 hour period between 8 am on Monday till 8 am on Tuesday, second highest after dreaded 2005 floods.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted “Intermittent rain in city and suburbs, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places” for the next 24 hours.