Rains claim 120 lives

Published: Tuesday 15 August 2000

at least 90 people were killed in a landslide that crushed an entire slum in Mumbai. The Azad Nagar slum in Ghatkopar was located at the foot of a hillock, which collapsed due to heavy rainfall sending down a mass of mud on about 100 houses. More than 150 firebrigade personnel conducted the search operation and were able to save the lives of 54 people. Army personnel were called in to help the administration clear the debris. The government's disaster management plan was operational, but it did not have any visible effects.

The state of Gujarat has also been affected due to the heavy downpour, which claimed 50 lives in central and northern parts of the state. The havoc has once again put a big question mark on the government's disaster management policy and its effectiveness.

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