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Wednesday, July 27, 2005  

Mumbai rainfall is the heaviest, recorded Indian History had ever seen. Maximum being 94.4cms, in a single day!!

"India's previous heaviest rainfall, recorded at Cherrapunji in the northeastern Meghalaya state - one of the rainiest places on Earth - was 83.82 centimeters (33 inches) on July 12, 1910"

>> In Pictures:
A Flickr Photoset | TOI Gallery | From Outlook | HT | More from HT gallery | Telling image from Hindu

>> Day After:
Letter to PM
Why did city float while suburbs sank?
"The real reason is that the BMC and other agencies cannot afford to have the ministers and high-profile people living in south Mumbai inconvenienced."

UPDATED: Bombay High destroyed. This is terrible. Havoc is just not over yet.

"The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) platform, BHN, about 160 km from the coast, caught fire around 4.30 p.m...there were 385 persons on the platform when the fire occurred"

posted by pradeep | Permalink | (5)


Good for the record book. But Bombay has frozen. Life has come to a standstill. It is sad to note that the authorities are still scrambling to figure out what needs to be done. So much for all the IRS satellites that monitor India day in, day out.


By Blogger Umesh, at 9:11 AM 

Apparently people are still stranded all over the city. Wish something could be done and fast. Hopefully the disaster recovery team swings into action and gets people out of the mess, fast.

By Blogger The Last Blogger, at 10:54 AM 

IRS satellites. Good point, Umesh.
Makes one wonder if we have a Crisis Management Group in place at all.

Just when we thought it's all over comes the Bombay High fire.

Bombay has seen worse, trust the city's spirit in such times.

By Blogger pradeep, at 12:08 AM 

I know, the Bombay high tragedy is very unfortunate. I am assuming it was caused by raging seas pushing a fully loaded tanker to the rig. anyways, i am happy they were able to save a majority of the people.

Bombay has a great spirit, in terms of a city, and it will come back, that I am sure.

As for a Crisis Management Group, i pray that the authorities atleast now will have the right mind to setup one.

By Blogger Umesh, at 11:11 AM 

The Bombay High incident, I hope doesnt trigger oil panic in the country. Given our minimal oil production units, I hope this one isnt a big loss.

The bureaucrats in India have their way of twisting and manipulating stuff. The day the rains hit Mumbai, the politicians were in Delhi, safe in their AC cars to ask for Rs 5000 cr allocation. I think they could be doing better things being home. Its always the common man who suffers. The Mid-Day article was representative of this fact.

The have's get better. The have-nots go from bad to worse. This is never going to change, esp in India.

By Blogger The Last Blogger, at 11:52 AM 

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