Rains play havoc in Mumbai, ten killed, suburbs sink yet again

Discussion in 'The ChitChat Lounge' started by lord_neo, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. lord_neo

    lord_neo Guest

    Last year on 26/7, suburban Santa Cruz recorded an unprecedented 944 mm of rain, while downtown Colaba had a mere drizzle of 77 mm. That south Mumbai stayed smugly afloat while the suburbs sank was no great achievement.

    But this year the rain battered down more equitably, so much so that between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm on Tuesday, Colaba got 179.6 mm, marginally more than Santa Cruz's 179.4 mm. This time the rain gods could not be called elitist. But once again, it was the suburbs that floundered.

    Two Mumbais, not one. The dichotomy between the civic infrastructure of the island city—Colaba to Mahim—and suburbia—Bandra to Dahisar—became painfully evident on Tuesday with south Mumbai staying largely unflooded while the surburbs struggled through a harrowing day of water-logging, power cuts and stalled traffic.

    It was the drains that defined the day. The lack of a planned drainage system in the suburbs, the clogging of natural outlets, and years of haphazard and frenetic construction with little thought given to infrastructure, was largely responsible for the water-logging.

    In contrast, the older British-built island city has a proper underground drainage and sewer network. The better drainage ensured that BEST could continue uninterrupted power supply, unlike Reliance Energy, which had to resort to widespread safety shutdowns in the suburbs.

    Swept by heavy rain for the third day in a row, a bedraggled Mumbai mostly stayed home. Trains were disrupted for large parts of the day, almost 40 flights were rescheduled or cancelled, the Bombay high court rose at noon, schools and colleges remained closed, and offices reported even thinner attendance than on Monday.

    Ten rain-related deaths were reported—five persons were electrocuted, four drowned and one was killed by a tree.

  2. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Just another example of how much Mumbai sux.

    (Not that any other city is better planned or not, it is the conditions, including the weather, in Mumbai that suck)
  3. paranoid13rohan

    paranoid13rohan .: iNDiaN iDioT 3.0 :.

    finally got 2 c d sun 2day aftr 5 days of :badmood:
  4. vini

    vini Repeat Offender

    send some clouds hither
    bmc and its fake promises...so the 26th july nightmare is returning
  5. sanju_strings

    sanju_strings 50 Pai$e <3V/S<3 50 CeNt$

    no wonder morons frm ur state come here lookin for job :p:
  6. jocelyn

    jocelyn New Member

    They are saying the worst is still to come and July 9th to 16th is a critcal period..... hmm I think we are going to have another 26th July....
  7. slipknot_555

    slipknot_555 RuHH..

    more global warmin,,,,,, more of these disasterpieces!!
  8. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Correct, but am no moron, and Bombay is the last place in Indian metros I would like to be in.
  9. paranoid13rohan

    paranoid13rohan .: iNDiaN iDioT 3.0 :.

    which wud b d 1st ???
  10. sanju_strings

    sanju_strings 50 Pai$e <3V/S<3 50 CeNt$

    send him to pok ;)
  11. bjr

    bjr Lady of the Evening

    I can't imagine why people get so defensive about their cities and start attacking other cities to "prove" that their city is better...

    okay, you city is awesome and my city sucks. I am still eliter than you are.

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