Mumbai rains have simply taken over news sources. The troubles don’t seem to end but aggravate. From downpour to tides, Mumbai is seeing water everywhere and it has now turned scary!
Asraf Ali Shaikh, 37, a resident of Wavanje village in Taloja was driving the car at around noon when he and his family were returning home. His wife Hamida, 33, daughter Suhana, 7, and niece Namira, 17, were traveling with him when they fell preys to the terrible accident.
— ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2018
“As they were crossing a 12-feet-wide bridge to reach the other side of the river, another vehicle was coming from the opposite direction,” Rajendra Avhad, a police inspector from Taloja traffic unit was quoted by TOI. “To let the other vehicle pass, Shaikh steered his car towards the left and lost control of the car. It fell into the river. It was raining.”
The Ghot river is around 20 meters deep and the currents during the accident were strong enough to sweep the car up to 20 meters after falling into the river. Then, fortunately, the car got stuck.
“The car did not fall from the middle of the bridge, but from one end, where the current was not as strong, so a major tragedy was averted,” said another official from the traffic department.
Some construction workers and villagers spotted the vehicle in a vulnerable position and sprang to their rescue without delay. Within 30 minutes they ended up saving all four passengers. They broke the windows to drag the humans out. The four have endured minor injuries but have closely surpassed an ascertained death.
The rescue men also recovered the car which took them three hours of relentless efforts. And they have also received injuries during the act, though minor.
Ajay Kumar Landge, the senior inspector of Taloja police station, said: “The people tied a rope to the car and pulled it towards the bank. They recovered it around 3.30pm. The rescued people suffered minor injuries and were sent for medical treatment. They are doing well now.”
Roads, Bridges, railway tracks- the flood has drowned all. But thankfully, ‘humanity’ still stands tall. Kudos to the human-faced angels!