Continuous rainfall has made Mumbai to a standstill on Tuesday. As the clock struck noon, most of the streets and highways in the city started to be waterlogged. And, Dadar’s Hindmata flyover was no exception to this. A man, Swapnil Nayak was taking his father, who has been diagnosed with 4th-stage prostate cancer, to Nair hospital for the first session of his treatment. After being stranded in the car for almost 4 hours, it was then, Swapnil posted an SOS message on Facebook for help.
“Okay so this is getting a bit serious now, I’m stuck for more than 4 hours now at Hindmata flyover #dadar with my parents and flash(my pet) and the situation doesn’t seem to get better for the next few hours! ” Swapnil said in his post. He also described the how critical the situation had become and asked for help. “It’s getting a little bad now because we’re out of any basic items. Anyone who lives around #dadar #parel can take my parents and flash home till the situation gets little better?” Swapnil wrote.
His post was shared by his concerned friends and soon became viral on the social media website. After coming across the post, one of the friends whose brother lived in Dadar contacted Swapnil. Then, he along with his family headed towards the destination and left the car behind. My Medical Mantra spoke to Swapnil, he confirmed that they all with his pet were safe. “We are safe and fine now. Big thanks to Facebook because of which I could get help. This is the power of social media. My dad was supposed to get his first session of treatment today. I am glad that we could safely reach here,” Swapnil said.
“We have come to Dadar. We are fine now,” added Shobha Nayak, Swapnil’s mother.
Major waterlogging has been reported in many parts of Mumbai due to heavy rainfall. Swapnil described the condition of Hindmata flyover when he posted the message on Facebook. “Our car didn’t submerge because we were on top of the flyover. I actually saw few cars submerging. Had I been alone, I would have walked or could have done anything. But as my father, who needed treatment, was with me, I had to find a safer way. That’s why I posted this message on Facebook. When my friend called me, we stepped out of the car and the water was up to knee level,” informed Swapnil.
The Mumbai city administration has advised citizens not to step out of the home, unless it is an utmost emergency. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asked citizens not to panic and has assured that all the necessary arrangements are being made to bring the situation under control.