Mumbai Rains: Waded in waterlogged roads? Beware of leptospirosis!

Updated: Sep 05, 2019, 08:55 IST | Vinod Kumar Menon | Mumbai

Civic hospitals on alert after Mumbaikars throughout the city and suburbs forced to wade through flooded roads and tracks on Wednesday, to get to their destinations

Commuters walk through the flooded streets of Nalasopara. Pic/Samiullah Khan
Commuters walk through the flooded streets of Nalasopara. Pic/Samiullah Khan

Wednesday's waterlogging raised the fear of leptospirosis and other monsoon-related ailments, especially with a large number of people wading through flooded tracks infested with rodents. Civic hospitals have been put on alert.

"Till late evening, no untoward incident was reported," said Dr Rajani Jaqtab, CMO, Veer Savarkar Municipal Hospital. "Flood water is a mixture of rain and sewage water, which contains dangerous organisms," said Dr Ketan Vagholkar, DY Patil Hospital, Nerul, which was partly flooded. "Spiro organisms present in rodent urine entering the human body can cause gastro or even haemorrhagic fever, including lepton and skin infection."

"The organisms may enter via wounds in the leg or from between infected toe-nails," said Dr Wiqar Shaikh from GMC. The BMC said civic dispensaries and ward offices have preventive medicines.

The BMC has put out a lepto warning

Will insurance cover losses?

The loss of Wednesday's flooding may run into crores with those who incurred losses uncertain if insurance will cover them. "It will depend on the policy type," said Ankit Mehta, an insurance expert. "Usually, people take fire, flood and cyclone cover, but the surveyor's biggest challenge will be to ascertain quantum of loss and whether the insurer has taken policy for under-insurance (not covering entire stock value) in which case, the insurer will not be entitled for complete coverage. Further, many households in Mumbai do not take insurance cover for businesses/homes." Designer Jilu Parekh, who has a factory in Ghatkopar, managed to move his creatives to a higher level, but his machinery and other material went under. Speaking to mid-day, Jilu said, "If the BMC's claims that all nullahs in the area were cleaned, how did this happen? Who will bear our losses?"

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Mumbai Rains: Intense showers lash city, Thane and Navi Mumbai
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    According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), incessant rainfall on Wednesday in Mumbai and adjoining districts led to water-logging in several parts of the city

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    According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai, Santacruz received 118 mm rain and Colaba received 122 mm rain in 24 hours till 8.30 am which is heavy rainfall

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    As a precautionary measure in wake of India Meteorological Department's warning of heavy rainfall, the schools have been shut on Wednesday. The schools where students were already in were requested to take all precautions and ensure that the children are sent back home safely

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    Thane, Navi Mumbai and Palghar recorded more than 100mm rainfall reading in past 12 hours until 8.30 am on Wednesday leading to floods and waterlogging like conditions

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    Water-logging was reported in the areas near King's Circle railway station, Sion, Byculla, Palghar, Virar, Borivli, BKC, Andheri and Gandhi market. Mumbai police took to twitter requesting citizens to take precautions in wake of heavy rains

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    Due to heavy rains in Mumbai, water started to flood railway tracks at Vasai-Virar thus terminating railway services

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    Central Railway Up and Down fast services got affected due to waterlogging between Sion and Matunga

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    Intense rainfall disrupted not only the railway services but also road causing traffic and commuters stranded in the flooded areas of the city.

    In picture: Matunga west starts to waterlog due to hours of incessant downpour on Wednesday

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    Due to incessant rainfall on Wednesday, waterlogging was reported at Filter pada near Powai post Vihar dam overflow

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    Waterlogging reported at Sion station due to the intense rainfall on Wednesday

    (Picture courtesy/Sneha Kharabe)

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    According to K S Hosalikar, Dy Director General of Meteorology, intense rain spell will last for last 2 hrs. Rainfall warnings for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad are RED coded. Isolated extremely heavy rainfall, more than 20 CM is expected in these areas in the next 24 hours.

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    In the picture, the flooded streets outside Vasai Evershine City

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    In the picture, low lying area at King's Circle waterlogged

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    In the picture, commuters walk through the flooded streets of Nalasopara

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    In the picture, people walk as riders ride through the waterlogged streets in Nalasopara

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    In the picture, a vehicle struggles through the flooded street of Vasai

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    In the picture, a man walks towards Mumbai airport. Due to the waterlogging, many passengers have seen walking to the airport

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    In the picture, streets in Kranti Nagar begin to flood

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    In the picture, waterlogging in Borivali east outside the railway station 

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    In picture: Waterlogging disrupts train services between Mahim-Matunga and people are seen walking towards a nearby station

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    In the picture, a train is stuck at Mahim due to heavy waterlogging

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    In the picture, people wade through waterlogged streets in Ville Parle

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    In the picture, commuters walk through the flooded area in Ville Parle

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    In the picture, a car is submerged in the waterlogged area in Vile Parle

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    In the picture, waterlogging begins in Juhu

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    Western Railway has suspended its services between Churchgate and Andheri and between Vasai and Virar.

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    In picture, a black and yellow taxi braces through waterlogging in Mahim.

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    Children play as severe waterlogging is reported in Reay Road.

    (Picture courtesy/Shadab Khan)

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