26 July Mumbai Floods : Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, the city that never stops but the tough time came when Mumbai came to a standstill which was on 26th July 2005 with no connection and communications for almost 2 days. Mumbai is popular for its heavy Rain
Every year, when Monsoon arrives, we just love it. The rain drops, the Climate full of romance, Garama- Garam Chai and bhajiyas, but “Excess of Anything is worse.”
On 26th July rainfall crossed its limit and Mumbai was facing flooded streets, roads with full of water and people stucked in it, immersed railway tracks, and homeless people all over. It was the day when Mumbai has been almost stopped. This day considered as most unfortunate day.
1. In 24 hours, 994 mm of rainfall recorded on that day.
The floods were caused by the eighth heaviest-ever recorded 24-hour rainfall figure of 944 mm (37.17 inches) which lashed the metropolis on 26 July 2005, and intermittently continued for the next day. 644mm (25.35 inches) was received within the 12-hour period between 8am and 8pm. Torrential rainfall continued for the next week. The highest 24-hour period in India was 1,168 mm (46.0 inches) in Aminidivi in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep on 6 May 2004 although some reports suggest that it was a new Indian record. The previous record high rainfall in a 24-hour period for Mumbai was 575 mm (22.6 inches) in 1974
2. It was the worst Rainfall in 31 years in the city.
Local train movement came to a halt by 2:30 pm. due to the water-logging on the tracks. This caused traffic on roads to increase dramatically with water logging and submerging of certain low-lying pockets of the region, such as Dharavi, Bandra-Kurla Complex
Thousands of school children were stranded due to flooding and could not reach home for up to 24 hours. The following two days were declared as school and college holidays by the state government..
3. On 26th July, by 2pm, the city was drenched in heavy rains.
On 26 July 2005, around 2:00 p.m. the Mumbai Metropolitan Region was struck by a severe storm and subsequent deluge. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) station in Santacruz recorded 944 mm. of rain for the 24 hours ending 8:30 a.m. on 27 July. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai [MCGM] control room started receiving phone calls reporting the heavy rain and subsequent water logging in suburban areas.
4. By 5 pm, all phone networks disconnected.
Due to heavy rains mobile towers went non functional. Wires cables were all messed up and usual no cellular network was functional.
5. 1094 people lost their lives and around 2400 animals got dead.
An estimate was made and it was calculated that 1094 people lost their life, and also 2400 innocent animals were killed too who coulnt save themself. Rip
6. People walk on flooded streets after torrential rains
7. Around 1.5 Lakh commuters were stranded at CST and Church gate stations.
8. Lakhs of food packets were distributed.
On 26th july humanity was redefined and many people specially the sikhs came forward to help those affected by the rain. Biscuit packets , rice , small packets of food , water was provided by them.
9. The rescue teams rescued around 3700 people.
Hats of to the rescue team who gave their 100% to save as many lifes they can
10. The Haji Ali Dargah was not affected by this incident.
During the heavy rains on 26th July 2005 there was a huge destruction over most of the parts of Mumbai but the Haji Ali Dargah was not affected by this incident. This was no less then a miracle.
11. The city was back on its feet the next day. The Spirit.
Whether it was mumbai blast or the floods or 26/11 irrespective of how bad the damage is, My city turns right back on the next day itself and works with almost double speed. Hatsoff to the spirit of mumbaikar’s