Lets share our experience of the flash floods in mumbai...
I reached office by 1.00 pm it was drizzling, while leaving home i didnt carry an umbrella as i just had to travel by car from my home garage to office garage. As soon as i landed in my office it started pouring, i didnt care it pours all the time in Mumbai monsoon!
Well after15 mins of getting upto-date with all the office stuff, we looked out of the window and saw water accumulating in the lane below us. This was routine happens all the time then say after another 15 mins we took a peak again to see the water level reach alarming high and went down to have a look (make fun of people when their vehicles gets stuck in water).
When we came down I was surprised to see 4 feet of water in just half n hour, this was very strange as it pours at times but the water levels don’t reach that high that fast! We saw lot vehicles namely rickshaws getting stuck due to their low build height while trying to cross to the other side.
After watching vehicles after vehicles getting stuck water in their engine, we realized we better get the **** out of there. We ran up and closed the office got our belongings and got in my car. As soon as I got the car out of the office blding it SUNK like a rock. The water was 5 feet now and the car was literally floating in the water, the tyres didn’t even touch the ground once. I screamed BAIL OUT the nincompoops along with the shouted back “there is water outside, man”! After a few curses later they finally opened the doors to get out and the water just gushed in with an extreme force, we could barely keep the door open to get out. The whole car sunk, and I said goodbye to my new deck etc that I had recently got for my car.
We all came inside the blding again. We have an underground parking, which has a height of 20 feet the water came inside the blding and went straight into the parking. They had to switch off the electricity as water was everywhere, it would have started a fire if not switched off. As the electricity was off they couldn’t pump the water out of the parking, anyways where would they pump the water out too? Just within 15 mins the whole parking was submerged in the dirty gutter water with lot of expensive cars inside it.
Now we had to get home, we had to cross the filth filled 5 and half feet water. While our way home we saw traffic jams of biblical proportions people were just leaving their vehicles in roads and running off. Some idiots were enjoying this, others were **** scared, and there was absolute chaos everywhere. We had to walk 2 kilometers of **** filled water, with the water levels raising every few mins. There was so much water pouring in that it was diffcult even to just stand still for a moment as there was this massive current that would drag you off your feet and if for some reason you would fall there was very little chance anybody could save you.
I encountered an elderly man who was walking strangely, I asked him what was wrong. He told me he had trouble walking as he was sick and was just returning from seeing a doctor. He had x-rays and medical perception in one hand which I gave my friend and I got hold of his hand and walked along with him, this was no ordinary guy he saw 6.3 and obese so if he would have fainted, there would have no way we could have carried this person. By the grace of god everything went fine and we came out of the ****ty water alive.
There was no electricity in the entire area, where I live. There were no TV, no radios working, not even a single phone working, all were dead. We couldn’t contact anyone to find out if they were ok.
As there was no communication with the outside world none of us realized the gravity of the situations. There was nothing to eat, no water and no electricity, a wonderful combination! We couldn’t sleep the entire night with mosquitoes having a treat on us. It was also surprisingly hot with it raining the whole day and night!
The next morning I along with my friend who stayed at my place as he couldn’t go home went out to see the situation. There were buses in gutters, cars upside down, people still stranded in their offices others looking for their relatives etc. The water had still not subsided but at a lower level than before.
There were people who had died in buses due to trauma, there was this one women who died in her car clutching the steering wheel. A friend who met me that morning told me there was this chick floating around in water for 15 and no one came to her help thinking she was dead. But she got around and somehow got back to her office.
Im writing this in hurry please excuses the spelling errors and typos etc. Please share your experience here…