Intense rainfall batters Mumbai, PM Modi assures all help to Thackeray
Intense rain accompanied by strong winds lashed Mumbai for a second consecutive day on August 5 and uprooted hundreds of trees across the city, submerged vast areas and also resulted in the collapse of buildings on Wednesday. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the downpour will continue on this morning as well. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has urged citizens to remain indoors on Thursday.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the CMO said that Thackeray apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the situation in Mumbai and the latter assured all possible support required from the Central government. According to reports, Mumbai's Colaba area witnessed 293.8 mm of rainfall during the day, which is the highest Colaba has recorded in the month of August in the last 46 years. Both the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) along with Mumbai Police, the Railway Police Force (RPF) and other agencies have been engaged in rescue operations as floodwaters inundate parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Palghar and Thane. As many as six complaints of walls and houses collapsing in various parts of Mumbai were brought to the attention of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) but no injuries have been reported yet.