8 killed, 64 wounded; CM Shinde reached the spot


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Eight people were killed and around 64 injured when a more than 100-feet iron hoarding collapsed on a police ground petrol pump along the Eastern Express Highway in Pantnagar, Ghatkopar, Mumbai, at around 4:30 pm on May 13. More than 100 people still are. There is fear of getting stuck, said a BMC official familiar with the development.

BMC said that search and rescue operations are on. According to NDRF, 67 people have been rescued so far. According to a BMC official, the injured have been taken to Rajwadi Hospital run by the civil body.

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Soon after the incident, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

“Our main focus is to save the affected people. All similar hoardings in Mumbai,” the chief minister said while interacting with the press.

Talking to reporters, BMC Commissioner Bhushan Gagrani said, “64 people have been admitted to Rajwadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, one of whom is in a critical condition.

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After the incident, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has canceled his Lok Sabha campaign and rally in Milind area. ANI. He will meet the affected people soon.

“An inquiry will be conducted to find out whether proper permissions were obtained for hoarding. The Chief Minister has directed the BMC to conduct a thorough audit of all hoardings in Mumbai so that in future such “The consequences can be prevented,” Fadnavis said in an interaction with the media. ANI Reported

The deputy chief minister also took to microblogging site X to update the situation, saying there would be a “high-level” investigation into the matter.

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Oh CNBC-TV18 The permissible size of hoarding is 40 by 40, but the iron hoarding that fell was 120 by 120, the report said. The report further stated that the hoarding was illegal and was placed on railway land. The civic body also said it would take action against the Central Railway and the advertising agency for illegal hoarding. The report added that the advertising agency, identified as Ego Media, has been fined Rs 6.13 crore by the BMC.

Also read: Take-offs and landings at the Mumbai airport were suspended amid dust storms and heavy rain.

In a separate incident, an under-construction metal parking tower in Wadala also collapsed onto a road during the storm. The incident took place at Barkat Ali Naka on Wadala-Antap Hill Road, damaging two vehicles on the road. However, no casualties have been reported so far. Two fire engines and a rescue van were immediately dispatched to the spot.

Several incidents of trees falling and blocking roads were also reported in the city.

The financial capital witnessed unseasonal rain and strong winds along with a dust storm on May 13 which temporarily affected several services including local trains and flight operations.

Also read: A dust storm enveloped the city, rain relieved the intense heat. Watch

Mumbai airport diverted 15 flights to different airports and runway operations resumed at 5.03 pm, the airport operator said. “Due to inclement weather and dust storm in the city, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) temporarily suspended flight operations for about 66 minutes due to low visibility and strong winds,” it said in a statement. said in the statement.

Last week, the airport began its pre-monsoon runway maintenance work to ensure smooth operations.

While the unseasonal rain brought some relief to Mumbaikars from the heat, the city's traffic came to a standstill as commuters took shelter from the dust storm and strong winds.

Metro services between Aarey and Andheri East Metro stations were suspended after the banner fell on the overhead wire due to strong winds, a Metro Rail spokesperson said. Suburban services on the Central Railway were affected after an overhead equipment pole between Thane and Mulund stations bent due to strong winds, an official said.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai had issued an “now warning” forecasting thundershowers and moderate to heavy rain over Thane, Palghar and Mumbai.

An IMD official said, “Thunderstorm with light to moderate rain accompanied by gusty winds of 40-50 kmph is expected to occur at isolated places in Mumbai in the next 3-4 hours. likely.”

with agency inputs


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