The BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta held a press conference, and updated the media of the initiatives undertaken to control the situation due to the heavy downpour.
Mumbai witnesses an extreme climatic change wherein it has been raining incessantly since 24 hours, which led to unprecedented flooding
The water levels during the rain was recorded, which rose to 325mm, startlingly in 12 hours. Reportedly, certain locations in the city received 90 mm to 100 mm rainfall in just one hour.
Besides, over 30,000 BMC staffs were on ground to tackle with the situation, wherein 229 dewatering pumps have been operated. Also, sewerage line pumps have been operated to recede water.
Fire brigade workforce too rescued 425 people from 12 different locations in local trains. To clear out the increasing rush at the railways stations, 146 special BEST buses were employed.
Evidently, BMC was not given any off day, unlike the schools, colleges and offices. They have been active round the clock to get Mumbai back in control and moving.
over 28,000 civic workers and officials are involved in cleaning up of beaches and public roads in the city and since morning 5,000 metric tons of garbage have been removed.
While Ajoy Mehta seconded that the quantum of rainfall was extremely heavy, but what happened was beyond what Mumbai’s infrastructure could handle, he said. “The drains are capable of handling only 50mm of rainfall, but in many areas rainfall was beyond this capacity.”
Despite the Britannia pumping station commissioned last year, Hindmata in Dadar witnessed waterlogging over which Mehta said that they are planning to inquire into what took so long for the water to recede.
“While water was receding, the speed was slow. All our pumping stations were on and 7000 million litres of water were flushed out. Besides drain lines were also used to flush out water”, he added.