Mumbai rain woes: Printers face loss due to waterlogging

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At least thirty people were killed in over 24 hours, as incessant rainfall battered the business capital of India in the second-highest single-day rainfall in July in 45 years. It is said to be one of the heaviest rains since the 2005 deluge in Mumbai.

India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Santacruz observatory recorded 375.2 mm of rains in the 24 hours, ending 8.30 am on Tuesday. In the 2005 deluge, Mumbai received 944.2mm rain, one of the worst in the history of Mumbai.

Two sections of a BMC-built retaining wall came crashing down a slope in Malad East, killing 22 people, including ten children and swept away dozens of shanties on Tuesday. The National Disaster Relief Force and fire department personnel rescued around 100 people stuck in the debris. Meanwhile, two men suffocated to death after getting locked inside their SUV that was inundated under several feet of water in Malad subway.

Tragedy struck Thane when two employees of a Mira Road restaurant were electrocuted after flood water entered the hotel. Three others were killed as a wall adjoining a school in Kalyan collapsed, killing three, including two women and a 3-year-old.

Some printers also reported losses due to waterlogging at their production units.

Jitesh Kapadia of Tej Shine, Goregaon, said, “Over one lakh papers, including art and craft papers, were damaged due to waterlogging at our facility. Some of our coating and laminating machines were also damaged. This has resulted in an estimated loss of Rs 9-10 lakh.”

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