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Saturday, July 30, 2005

"Three died in my galli."

As the water drains away from Mumbai’s pot-holed Western Express Highway, what emerges is the great rich-poor divide that gives the city its character.

Two days after the fatal rains lashed the city, much of Mumbai has limped back to “normality”. Local trains are back on track, BEST buses are plying in adequate numbers, night clubs are swinging, shopping malls are buzzing and multi-storeyeds stand where they are.

But not the slums, the worst affected in the floods. It is the slums from where most deaths have been reported. Many of these are sitting on health hazards of epidemic proportions.

In Nehru Nagar in Vile Parle, 18 people, including 11 children, died last night after a rumour of a tsunami descending.
Read the rest of "Mumbai moves on, minus slums," this Telegraph report on the aftermath of Terrible Tuesday. (Cross-posted)