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Unprecedented Mumbai Dust-Storm Kills And Injures

Unprecedented Mumbai Dust-Storm Kills And Injures

Unprecedented Mumbai Dust-Storm Kills And Injures

MUMBAI, (IANS) – At least 3 persons were killed, and 55 others injured in two separate incidents — a gigantic hoarding crash in Ghatkopar and a vertical steel parking lot in Wadala — in Mumbai, in the aftermath of a massive dust-storm that shrouded the city for over two hours, following by unseasonal rains, the BMC Disaster Control said here on May 13.

A monstrous hoarding of advertisements crashed in the gusty winds on several houses and a petrol pump in Pant Nagar, Ghatkopar east suburb around 4.15 p.m.

At least 54 people were left injured and another 70 are still feared trapped under the hoarding when many vehicles queued up to refill petrol and diesel.

In Wadala, a multi-storied, vertical steel parking lot near the Shreeji Towers building crashed on a main road in the squally dust-storm this afternoon.

The tumbling parking lot crushed around a dozen vehicles and one person sitting in a car was trapped, said the officials.

The Mumbai Fire Brigade rushed over a dozen fire engines, and the NDRF rushed its expert teams, which managed to rescue 62 people and are engaged in a huge search and rescue operation for the others still trapped in the Ghatkopar hoarding crash.

A heavy-duty crane was deployed to lift the hoarding to enable the rescuers to reach the victims trapped. Taking serious cognizance, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde rushed to the tragedy spot, enquired about the rescue operations, and ordered the BMC Commissioner Bhushan Gagrani and Mumbai Police to conduct a probe into the tragedy.

Besides the two major tragedies, there were reports of several tree crashes, vehicular accidents, and other minor incidents due to the sudden inclement weather conditions.

After the dust storm subsided, many parts of Mumbai were lashed by rain, bringing some respite from the heat and humidity.

The BMC Disaster Control said that in two hours between 4-6 p.m., south Mumbai recorded an average of 18 mm rain, eastern suburbs notched 47 mm and the western suburbs recorded 35 mm of rainfall.

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