26th July 2005: Unknown facts recollected from one of the City’s Gloomiest Days

July 26, 2005: The day when the city came to a standstill. Everything as if had stopped functioning. Roads and houses flooded with water, thousands stuck on the street for hours, children asked to not leave the house for days, schools colleges had shutdown, hopes fallen apart.

Remembering the day alone sends jitters down the spine, how could one try forget the day after all this while?

News channels, radios all across covered almost everything about the situation that day, but here’s something they didn’t.

1. On 26 July 2005, around 2:00 p.m. the Mumbai Metropolitan Region was struck by a severe storm and subsequent overflow. Santacruz Station recorded 944 mm. of rain for the 24 hours ending 8:30 a.m. on 27 July.

 

2. Local train movement came to a halt by 2:30 pm. due to the water-logging on the tracks. 52 local trains damaged, 37,000 auto rickshaws spoiled, 4,000 taxis damaged, 900 BEST buses damaged.

 

3. Thousands of school children were stranded due to the heavy flooding and could not reach home for up to 24 hours. The following two days were declared as school and college holidays by the state government.

 

4. The rain water caused the sewage system to overflow and all water lines were contaminated. The Government ordered all housing societies to add chlorine to their water tanks while they decontaminated the water supply.

 

 

5. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, that witnessed a number of landslides, was closed the first time ever in its history, for 24 hours, According to the Hindustan Times, an unprecedented 5 million mobile and 2.3 million MTNL landline users were hit for over four hours.

 

 6. The state government declared 27 and 28 July as public holidays. ATM networks of several banks, which included the State Bank of India, the nation’s largest national bank; ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and several foreign banks like Citibank and HSBC, stopped functioning post afternoon of 26 July 2005 at all the centers of Mumbai.

 

7. For the first time ever, Mumbai’s airports ( Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Sahar and Juhu aerodrome) were shut for more than 30 hours due to heavy flooding of the runways, submerged Instrument Landing System equipment and extremely poor visibility. Over 700 flights were cancelled/ delayed. The airports reopened on the morning of 28 July 2005.

 

8. Over 1000 people lost their lives and around 2400 animals got dead. This food also gave Serious Injuries to thousands of Mubaikars.

 

9. Mumbaikar’s in several societies opened the doors of the houses to the thousands of people who couldn’t make it to their homes.

 

10. Hundreds of men and women came out of their homes and started to distribute necessary things to the ones in need like water, biscuits, clothes, tea etc and tried to help them the best way possible.

 

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