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Heavy rain brings chaos to Indian financial hub

04 July, 2018, 16:14 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Bridge collapse in Mumbai, India, halts train traffic (PHOTOS)

Part of a bridge over a railway in Mumbai, India, has collapsed in a heavy rain that has inundated the area. Sawant saw the foot over bridge collapsing from a distance and quickly applied the emergency brakes. While many office goers were affected by the incident not reaching or reaching late, Mumbai's dabbawalas also suspended their tiffin box deliveries on Western Railway routes.

Recognising his heroic efforts, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced an immediate reward of Rs 5 lakh. Rescue operations continued to save those believed to be trapped under the debris. Six people have suffered injuries in the mishap.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked the Mumbai police commissioner to ensure smooth traffic movement and asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to increase its bus service for the convenience of commuters.

Rainfall is expected to cross 90mm in some parts of the city today.

Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam and NCP Mumbai President Sachin Ahir unanimously demanded a full audit of all 250-plus bridges, skywalks, flyovers, FOBs, and ROBs crossing the suburban railway network and a white paper on the safety status. Customers travelling from Mumbai are advised to allow more time for their journey to the Airport.

According to railway officials, services between Virar and Goregaon at the northern end and between Churchgate and Bandra on the southern side were on. Five people were injured in the incident, out of which two were critical. "Our officers have reached to the spot and accessing the situation", said Western Railway spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar.

Western Railways tweeted that restoration work of the over-head equipment and tracks between Andheri and Vile Parle station is underway.

Fire brigade, Mumbai police and ward staff are engaged in clearing the debris.

The cascading effect of the bridge crash and the heavy downpour was witnessed on the Western Express Highway, the main S.V. Road, Link Road and other arterial roads with traffic jams all over the city and suburbs.



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