A picture named dd10.jpg

"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?" Guy de Maupassant

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Mumbai Rains on Sunday update.

A lull in the rains.  Power is back.  Roads are opening out now. The police were on the roads at Worli, Tardeo, HajiAli and diverting traffic.  They've been opened now.  SV Road is good to use too. 

1:13:31 PM    comment []  trackback []

Bombay reels under rains again .... people are wildly stocking groceries and vegetables - milk powder is in big demand. I was at the vegetable vendor stocking up, and everyone seems so angry with the city administration for their lack of action.

It has rained heavily all night and continues to do so. Haji Ali, Worli Naka, Mahim Junction, Kalanagar Junction, Matunga, King's Circle, Sion Circle, are among the areas already waterlogged. I hope it doesn't create havoc again. Thankfully it's a Sunday, so as many people will not be stranded as they were last week. NDTV reports that rescue teams have been sent to Dharavi, Andheri, Vakola, Ghatkopar, Chembur. SV Road is closed between Bandra and Andheri.

Power is down again, as is the internet cable. Ironically, people are filling all the buckets and large utensils they have with water in case the water supply doesn't last.

Check out this new community blog called Cloudburst Mumbai. It has been set up to collect news and links to news about the cloudburst in Mumbai on the 26th July, 2005, and its aftermath.

Peter writes :

The recent floods in Bombay, though nowhere near as large a tragedy as the earthquake and tsunami, showed how unprepared the city is for a disaster. A friend, also one of the contributors to the SEA-EAT blog, has started a blog that aims to put together information on helplines in Bombay, facilities in case of emergencies, and the like. In future times of need, the idea is it will swing into action the way the way the tsunamihelp team did, posting links to current news, requests for help and the other stuff we know so well.

How can you help?

1. You could link to the blog from your own sites: http://mumbaihelp.blogspot.com/

2. You could become part of the team. You don't have to be from Bombay, or living in the city, though it would help if you knew a bit about it. In fact its essential that we do have some out-of-towners on board. When the electricity fails, and the net lines go down, those of us within the city may not be able to blog. Mail Sunil Nair - sunilrnair AT writers DOT net - or Peter Griffin - zigzackly AT gmailDOT com - and we'll send you an invitation.

3. You could mail in suggestions and information you have on emergency services. Same adddresses as above, or use the comments section on the blog.

4. And yes. If you live in a city or area that does not have a proper site and easily accessed emergency info, you could start your own regional blogs, and we'll link to each other. A chain of emergency service blogs.

Other Reports:

Heavy rains force closure of airports again

Water level rises again

11:47:32 AM    comment []  trackback []