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Massive billboard collapses on petrol pump in Mumbai amid dust storm and heavy rain; 7 Injured

Seven people were injured when a metal billboard collapsed amid a strong dust storm in Mumbai's Ghatkopar at 4.30 pm. The report says that some people are feared to be trapped. The billboard was in front of a petrol station. Visuals showed that the structure collapsed right in the middle of the petrol station.

By: Ruchi Upadhyay  Pardaphash Group
Updated:
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Massive billboard collapses on petrol pump in Mumbai amid dust storm and heavy rain; 7 Injured

Mumbai: A severe dust storm hit Mumbai this evening, disrupting transport, uprooting trees and structures and causing power cuts in several districts of the financial capital. When the dust storm hit the city, the sky turned dark, visuals of which people posted on social media.

Seven people were injured when a metal billboard collapsed amid a strong dust storm in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar at 4.30 pm. The report says that some people are feared to be trapped. The billboard was in front of a petrol station. Visuals showed that the structure collapsed right in the middle of the petrol station.

The dust storm disrupted life across Mumbai. Local trains, a section of the metro network, and airport services were temporarily stopped amid a darkening sky.

“Due to the inclement weather and dust storms in the city, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) temporarily suspended flight operations for around 66 minutes due to low visibility and gusty winds,” Mumbai airport said in a statement.

“Operations resumed at 17:03 hours. During this time, the airport saw 15 diversions. CSMIA last week completed its pre-monsoon runway maintenance successfully, ensuring safe and smooth aircraft operations. Committed to efficiency and passenger safety, the airport remains steadfast to prioritise seamless operations,” it said.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai issued a “nowcast warning” forecasting a thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and moderate to intense rain for Thane, Palghar, and Mumbai.

The unseasonal rain brought some respite from the scorching heat, but power outage in Thane’s Kalwa and some other areas led to more trouble for residents.

The devastating dust strom also uprooted trees in some areas across the city. The satellite towns of Thane, Ambernath, Badlapur, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar received moderate rain.

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