27 July, 2021


Now, the deluge. For the Mumbaikar, another battle. Updates

Mumbai, the city strung together from seven islands, found itself marooned last Tuesday, July 26. Large parts of India's commercial capital bobbed up like flotsam, facing the fury of the dark skies. For 48 hours, the city lived out its worst nightmare ever. By the end of it, the ever-resilient Mumbaikars had added new survival skills to their enviable repertoire. As always, the story of marooned Mumbai was that of its people. Even as close to 300 lay dead, and millions barely kept body and bone together.

Ten schoolchildren died in a wall collapse, thousands of scared kids spent the night of July 26 in their classrooms. More than 40 people were killed in a landslide at Saki Naka, hundreds of others were simply washed away elsewhere, unable to withstand the swirling waters. Hundreds were marooned in buildings, those in Kalina-Kurla airport colony requiring water rafts and army help to reach safety.

There were lakhs stranded at suburban rail stations, millions on roads across the city's length. A lucky few hitched rides home, convincing even tow-truck drivers. When all...

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