On July 26, 2005, a month before Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans; Mumbai, India's financial capital with a population of 18.3 million received its highest rainfall in recorded history. An incredible 944mm of rain fell on the city in 24 hours - the resulting flood left hundreds dead. It began like any other monsoon day in Mumbai; it was a dull, cloudy day that gave no forewarning of the disaster that was to come. Most people reported to work on time, blissfully unaware that their will to survive and tenacity would soon be put to the ultimate test. Through dramatic recreations, interviews with victims, meteorological experts and environmentalists, Mumbai Mega Flood relives the traumatic and shocking set of events that brought the city of Mumbai to its knees.
destruction, unplanned construction, climate change and administration
failure are the reasons cited by experts and environmentalists for the
disaster. However, before any significant action is taken, Mumbai finds itself in the same situation again. On June 30, 2007, it rains more than 600mm in Mumbai bringing the city to a screeching halt and the city is still unprepared for it.
Author: Minnie Gupta