26 July flood: The term 26 July, is always used to refer to the day when the city of Mumbai came to a standstill due to flooding. A large number of people were stranded on the roads, lost their homes while many walked long distances back home from work that evening. The floods were caused by the eighth heaviest-ever recorded 24-hour rainfall figure of 944 mm (37.17 inches) which lashed the metropolis on 26 July 2005, and intermittently continued for the next day. There are many things to know about this unfortunate day!
1. On 26 July 2005, around 2:00 p.m. the Mumbai Metropolitan Region was struck by a severe storm and subsequent deluge. 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 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, which 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 from the 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 or 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 their homes for the thousands of homeless people who were not able to reach thire homes.
10. Hundreds of man and women came out of their homes and started to distribute neccesary things ti needy ones like water, buiscuites, cloths, tea etc and help them to the best way possible.
11. after such a big disastrous day, The city was Ready for functioning the next day only. The airports reopened on the morning of 28 July 2005. Within 24 hours of the airports becoming operational, there were 185 departures and 184 arrivals.
Thats the Spirit of Mumbai. After 26th July Mumbai got name name ” City that never Stops”.