Death toll rises to 25 in Mumbai landslides

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MUMBAI:The death toll from landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains in  Mumbai has risen to 25, an official said on Sunday.

Seventeen people were killed after a wall collapsed in the Chembur suburb early Sunday and three others killed after huts collapsed on top of each other in a landslide in the Vikhroli area late Saturday, Tanaji Kamble, public relations officer at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the dependents of the deceased in the incident of hill collapse in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai and wall collapse in Bhandup due to heavy rains.

Condoling the incident, the Chief Minister said that all the injured would be given free treatment at government expense. The Prime Minister has also announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh each to the dependents of the dead and Rs 50,000 to the injured in these incidents. So far 25 people have died in these three incidents. Of these, 17 people have died in Chembur, 7 in Vikhroli and one in Bhandup. In these incidents, a total of 18 people are being treated at Rajwadi and other hospitals in Mumbai.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi have also expressed deep sorrow over this incident.

Mumbai  Minister Aaditya Thackeray visited the site and told reporters that relief and rescue operations were going on at all three places. Aaditya Thackeray said that the house of the victims have been destroyed in this incident, so the central government should help more.

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar has expressed deep grief over the incident. He said that in Chembur and Vikhroli, the administration had issued notices to the people asking them to go to a safer place.

But in Mumbai, people are more concerned about home than life, that is why people did not go to a safer place. The Mayor said that relief and rescue work is going on at the spot and all necessary help is being provided by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation to the nearby people.

It is noteworthy that due to the torrential rains since Saturday night, a part of the hill near Lal Dongar located in Chembur had swamped and fell on the huts. So far 17 people have died in this incident and about 8 people have been injured.

Similarly, in Suryanagar located in Vikhroli, 7 people have died so far due to the slippage of the part of the  hill and falling on the slums. Here 8 huts have been demolished and 8 people have been injured.

Similarly, several huts were buried and one person died and two people were injured when the guard wall of the Forest Department collapsed near Amarkor School in Bhandup. Fire brigade, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are doing relief and rescue work at these three places. With the help of the team of sniffer dogs in the debris, the work of finding people is going on.

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