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25 dead in Mumbai: CM

Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | July 27, 2005 13:20 IST
Last Updated: July 27, 2005 14:56 IST


"The situation in Mumbai is grave. We are waiting for the rain to stop," Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh told rediff.com in a telephone conversation.

He confirmed that between 25 to 30 people have died in the last 24 hours due to heavy rains in Mumbai city alone.

However, the television channel Aaj Tak claimed that 37 people died in the rains in Mumbai. 

Deshmukh, who spent a sleepless night, assured citizens that his administration is doing whatever it can but since most roads are not yet clear due to water-logging, reaching out to victims is proving difficult.

He said the administration has opened a control room and the police is doing its best to help people.

"We have asked for the Indian Navy's help," the chief minister said. "Naval crews have arrived with boats and that will help marooned people in low lying colonies."

Deshmukh lauded the sprit of Mumbaikars. "Mumbaikars are always ready to help each other and they have shown their community sprit once again in spite of the chaotic situation."

Asked why his administration was not prepared to withstand Tuesday's torrential rain, Deshmukh said, "In the last 24 hours we have recived 40 inches -- 944 millimetres of rain. You should count this fact also. Who could have thought of or planned for such heavy rain? Any kind of planning would have fallen short in view of yesterday's rainfall."

"When you plan the pipelines for drainage of rain water," he added, "there is always a benchmark. No engineers could have planned to drain out this volume of water in less than 24 hours. All planning would have fallen short in such rain."

"Please understand this is a natural calamity," he said. "Who would have expected such rain?"


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Sub: Concerning heavy rain fall on 27/07/2005.

This was a very heavy rain fall in mumbai since last 31 years. But our Government should take some necessary actions before the such chaotic ...


Posted by Nilesh





Sub: You have to plan for the worst

You have to plan for the worst.. COnsidering the amt of water logging due to rain, even 15 inches of rain would have been too ...


Posted by USC Trojan





Sub: Monsoon in Mumbai

This is what happens when you have people from other parts of Maharashtra becoming power holders and try to rule from Bombay. All they can ...


Posted by Hiten J. Thakkar





Sub: Please think about this CM

You don't know what are you talking MR. CM.. What is the Weather Department doing in India? They can\'t even predict such a rainfall.. What ...


Posted by Vivek





Sub: shame on u Mr. CM

Dear Sir, By holding a remote of Big Coloured flat screen monitor and a top notch mobile in ur pocket, u r ready to give ...


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