8 people were killed and 64 injured after a billboard fell in Mumbai's Ghat Kopar after a thunderstorm. Rescue is in progress.


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A billboard collapsed in Mumbai's Ghat Kopar following a dust storm and heavy rain.  Efforts are on to evacuate the people trapped on the war footing.

A billboard collapsed in Mumbai's Ghat Kopar following a dust storm and heavy rain. Efforts are on to evacuate the people trapped on the war footing.

Stay updated on the latest news as a huge billboard collapses in Mumbai's Ghat Kopar amid dust storm and heavy rain, leaving people trapped.

At least eight people were killed and 64 others injured when a 100-foot-tall billboard collapsed in Mumbai following a mudstorm and heavy rain. The illegal billboard fell on a petrol pump at Cheddannagar Junction in Ghat Kopar area.

“Sixty-four people have been admitted to Rajwadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. One is in critical condition, and a total of four people have died in the incident. Additionally, we have learned that four other persons have died,” said BMC Commissioner Bhushan Gagrani.

After the hoarding fell, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased. This happened hours after the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) reached the spot to rescue people trapped under the debris. BMC commissioner said 20 to 30 are still stranded.

The scaffolding structure collapsed.

Flight operations at the Mumbai airport were suspended for an hour on Monday and local trains were delayed amid unseasonal rains accompanied by dust storms. Soon after the storm, the Mumbai Traffic Police said vehicular traffic was slow at Pooja Junction (Wadala) Northbound and Freeway Tunnel Trombay South due to the fall of hoardings.

In another incident, a scaffolding collapsed in Wadala. At 4:22 pm, a metal/steel parking lot near Shreeji Tower at Barkat Ali Naka, Wadala (E) collapsed. Several vehicles were parked on the side of the road, leaving one person trapped inside the car. The Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) is currently conducting rescue operations.

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According to information received from the BMC, a branch of an amber tree fell from the private Khamji Palace on Hill Road in Bandra, trapping two people under a weather shed made of asbestos sheets. As a result of the incident, 38-year-old Abdul Khan was seriously injured and 35-year-old Irfan Khan died.

A tree was uprooted by strong winds in Jogeshwari Meghwari Naka area of ​​Mumbai. As a result of this incident, one person was injured and an autorickshaw was damaged.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier issued a yellow alert for parts of the city on May 13, warning of heavy rain, thundershowers and dry, gusty winds, particularly in Thane and Raigad districts. “Subject: i. A fresh streak of heat wave is likely to occur over northwest India from 16 May 2024. ii. Isolated thunderstorm with gusty winds over south peninsular India till 17 May 2024. Heavy rain is very likely,” the IMD said in a post on X.

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