Twenty-four hours after Dr Deepak Amarapurkar went missing, the relentless search by the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) team is still on. Based on the perception, the renowned doctor was last seen near the junction at India Bulls Centre in Parel.
Dr Amarapurkar, a gastroenterologist attached to Bombay hospital, left around 4:30 pm from the hospital and headed to Prabhadevi, where he resides on August 29. Since then, he is missing.
Due to waterlogging, Dr Amarapurkar asked his driver to get the car home and he started walking. He then called his wife to inform her of his whereabouts.
The MFB has deployed two teams of total 12 firemen for the search operations. “The search started yesterday, but due to heavy rainfall and waterlogging, we could not do much and called off the search operation yesterday,” said PS Rahangadale, chief fire officer, Mumbai Fire Brigade.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) divers and special cameras of Storm Water Drains department of BMC are on the site for the search operation, said the officer.
As the water receded this morning with no rainfall, the MFB men restarted the search operation at 11.30 am. “Our search is based on the perception of Dr Amrapurkar’s family and eye witnesses who said he went missing from that area. There are two possibilities —him falling in the waterlogged area or falling into an open manhole. The first option was ruled out since no body was found after the water receded,” said another senior fire brigade officer involved in the search operation.
The MFB then sent a search team to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Love Grove pumping station at Worli that flushes floodwater out of low-lying areas during high tide. “If he has fallen in a manhole, then, there is the possibility of him being trapped either in sewerage drain or storm water drain. We, therefore, searched for him at the pumping station but didn’t find him,” said the officer.
Simultaneously, MFB team has started search operations in sewerage drains in the area he went missing from. “Segment wise, we will search for him taking into consideration what the flow of the water was like,” the officer added.
“The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) divers and special cameras of Storm Water Drains department of BMC are deployed on the site,” said the officer.