Visuals show a pile of rubble accumulated at the foot of the building, exposing its upper stories. The damaged blue roof of the building is also seen fallen on the ground. Rains continue to lash the financial capital of the country. The shops in the adjoining areas too are seen shut due to rains.
Sources report that while the upper stories of the building had been the evacuated, the lower portion of the building housed a commercial complex with number of shops. The city has been receiving heavy rainfall for the past few day, which may have reportedly led to the collapse. Sources report that over 10 rescue vehicles including 7 fire brigades have reached the spot. BMC authorities are yet to zero down on the exact reason of the building's collapse. Sources report that BMC has confirmed that no one is stuck in the shops in the ground floor.
In yet another mishap, a portion of a three-storeyed building, on Friday, has collapsed in Lokamanya Tilak Road in Mumbai's Crawford market area, according to ANI. Sources report that rescue vehicles, ambulances and fire brigades have been rushed to the spot. Search and rescue operations are currently underway, as per sources. No loss of life has been reported so far, as the BMC claims that the building had been evacuated. More details awaited.
Mumbai: A portion of a four-storied building at Lokmanya Tilak Road collapses; 7 Mumbai fire brigade vehicles including ambulance and rescue vehicle rushed to the spot pic.twitter.com/WPW49bzw9C— ANI (@ANI) September 20, 2019
Earlier on Thursaday, the Maharashtra state government had declared a holiday for schools and junior colleges in Mumbai and other neighbouring districts, as shared by the Mumbai police. The police also shared the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)'s prediction of very heavy rainfall in Mumbai and adjoining areas for next 2 days. Subsequently, ared alert had been issued in isolated areas across Mumbai & MMR regions for Thursday. Skymet has predicted waterlogging, traffic chaos in the next two days as very heavy rainfall will continue to lash the city.
Dear Mumbaikars,— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) September 18, 2019
The IMD has predicted very heavy rainfall in Mumbai and adjoining areas for next 2 days. A red alert has been issued in isolated areas across Mumbai & MMR regions for today.
Kindly prepare your day. Ensure Safety!#Dial100 in case of an emergency.
Mumbai has seen unprecedented rains this monsoon season. Reports state that the financial capital has received the highest rainfall in the past 65 years, this year. With 3,452 mm rainfall in the year 1954, this year, Mumbai has received over 3,475 mm from June 1 to September 17. The highest rainfall recorded in a single day was 944mm on July 26, 2005. Usually, the city gets southwest monsoon rains beginning June to September-end with peak rains occurring in July, but this has extended to September this year.