Sunday, 24 June 2007

Monsoon Fury

This week-end, everybody decided to spend their time at home because torrential rains on Saturday and Sunday lashed Mumbai, throwing life out of gear.
It has been a wet and miserable weekend for those who have been caught in the deadly mix of heavy rains and floods.

Mumbai and neighboring areas bore the brunt of the monsoon fury that claimed five lives in the last 24 hours and the weather office said "heavy to very heavy" accompanied by gusty winds will continue to hit the metropolis. Several flights from the city were delayed and rail traffic disrupted.

Many streets had fallen trees, some of them falling on the parked cars. A partially demolished building collapsed in the Grant Road area in south Mumbai last evening killing two persons, while three persons died in two incidents of wall collapse on Sunday.

Eleven crew members of a barge carrying sponge iron were reported missing after it sank at the Khanderi island in neighbouring Raigad district, police said.

Since Saturday Mumbai received 279 millimeters of rain in 24 hours, which is about 10 per cent of its annual quota.

In Andhra Pradesh too, several coastal and low-lying villages were cut off as army personnel joined civil authorities in rescuing people from badly-affected Kurnool district where 85,000 people have been evacuated and kept in 51 relief camps.

The death toll in the torrential rains in the state has been put at 37 after 13 persons, who were presumed dead after being washed away in Kundu river near Kurnool, were found alive yesterday.

Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy undertook an aerial survey of the badly-hit Kurnool district in Rayalaseema region where several villages remained cut-off.

Source: DNA

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