The Mumbai monsoon rains claimed the life of a 13-year-old after a coconut tree snapped and hit her on the head on Saturday. The victim Drishti Munger was on her way back home from tutions when an old tree in Mumbai’s Dahisar area snapped and hit her on the head.
The girl was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital but was declared brought dead. Police have registered a case of accidental death.
The metropolis received heavy rainfall on Saturday following the onset of the southwest monsoon, leading to a slight delay in the running of suburban trains.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall was recorded in the suburbs till 8.30 am,” IMD Deputy Director KS Hosalikar said.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday declared the onset of the monsoon over Mumbai, the adjoining Thane-Konkan areas, Ahmednagar, Parbhani and other parts of Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, trains in the suburban section of the Central Railway were delayed by 10 to 12 minutes due to the downpour, but there was no cancellation of trains, an official said.
“A wall fell on the tracks of down slow line this morning. The debris was removed immediately and for some time, trains on the down slow line were diverted to the fast line,” Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO of Central Railway said, adding this happened during non-peak hours in early morning on Saturday.
There is nothing to panic and commuters are advised not to fall prey to rumours, he said.
The victim has been identified as 13-year-old Drishti Munger. She was daughter of a diamond trader and was on her way back home from tutions.
An official said Central Railway suburban services were delayed because of water-logging on tracks between Matunga and Sion.
According to an airport official, two flights had to be diverted due to bad weather.
A statement from Jet Airways said, “Due to air traffic congestion, consequent to adverse weather conditions, we are expecting delays of up to 40 minutes on departures and 20 minutes on arrivals at Mumbai airport until 3 pm.
In central Mumbai’s Prabhadevi, four people were injured when the slab of a building situated on Veer Savarkar Marg collapsed this morning, a civic official said.
Heavy rainfall in Mumbai threw life out of gear on Saturday
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Deputy Municipal Commissioner Kishore Kshirsagar told reporters that areas like Hindmata, Dharavi and Parel received more than 100mm of rainfall, resulting in water-logging.
He said the civic administration had undertaken road repair works at 120 places, adding that there was no water-logging on Andheri-Kurla Road, Santacruz, Oberoi Mall and Lokhandwala Circle in the suburban part of the city.
More than 3,000 civic employees were out on the streets monitoring the situation, Kshirsagar said.
In its forecast, the IMD has forecast thundershowers accompanied with gusty winds at many places and heavy rainfall at isolated places, till today.
(With inputs from PTI)