Right at the onset of the monsoons, the financial capital is reeling under flood-like situation due to incessant rains and abysmal preventive measures adopted by the Municipal Corporation. However, amidst a monsoon crisis in Mumbai, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut decided to share a couplet on his Twitter page trivialising the deadly rains in Mumbai.
कुछ तो चाहत रही होगी
इन बारिश की बूँदों की भी,?
वर्ना कौन गिरता है इस जमीन पर
आसमान तक पहुँचने के बाद !
— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) July 2, 2019
The BMC, which is controlled by Shiv Sena is facing severe criticism for being inept and incompetent in dealing with the excessive downpour leading to flooding. The BMC, in its defence, has said that unprecedented rainfall along with neap tide phase has been the principle reason behind city’s inundation. The BMC commissioner, Pravin Pardeshi claimed, “Mumbai has already witnessed a total of 85 per cent rain in last four days, which is the usual rainfall for the entire month of June.”
Apart from the flooding, the traffic woes, train cancellations and flight diversions that the city’s folk are braving, 18 people have died and several others were injured after a wall collapsed in Malad.
It is notable here that Raut had also absolved the BMC of any responsibility in the deaths due to the wall collapse. Speaking to media earlier today, Raut said that there are several illegal structures in the city and the BMC cannot be blamed for the wall collapse and deaths. He added that the deaths were just accident.
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena on 18 dead after wall collapsed on hutments in Pimpripada, Malad East due to heavy rainfall today: It’s not BMC’s failure. It is an accident. It is because of heavy rainfall. There are several illegal constructions in Mumbai & BMC has nothing to do with it. pic.twitter.com/irvfVYR9kx
— ANI (@ANI) July 2, 2019
Mumbai has witnessed more than 550 mm of rainfall in the past 48 hours which is the average rainfall in the city for the entire month of June. As many as 16 people died due to rain-related accidents in Mumbai and Thane as the city witnessed massive rainfall in the 48 hours. Twelve people were dead and thirteen were injured as a wall collapsed on hutments in Pimpripada area of Malad East on early Tuesday morning.