Mumbai: The city of Mumbai is also battling the torrential downpour which has caused many roads to be waterlogged. On Sunday, residents of Matunga, Mumbai witnessed a different scene altogether. A 50-year-old woman stood in the flood clogged main road for seven hours alerting the commuters of an open manhole that would have otherwise been invisible to the naked eye.
Murti Kalan, stood for hours near the open manhole on the waterlogged road of Matunga alerting people so that no one falls into it. Open manhole accidents are quite common in the metro cities and many have lost their lives falling into such manholes.
Kalan stood in the main road under the downpour for seven hours alerting people before civic workers arrived at the scene.
Mother of eight, Murti is a flower seller and has lost her house and her savings to the Mumbai rains and its subsequent floods which is said to be the highest in four decades.
Murti is also the sole bread-earner of the family as her husband became paralyzed after a railway accident. Five of her children are now married and she supports the remaining three’s education and livelihood by selling flowers on the roadside.
After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials came to the scene, they allegedly scolded the woman for putting her life in danger.
Murti was also praised by other people for her work to which she said that it is the most normal thing to do otherwise many might have met with an accident.