Mumbai Mega Flood is the story of how a city of millions was stopped in its tracks. All indicators of life and movement came to a stop as transport systems: rail, air and road, were reined in by the incessant rains. Nature besieged millions of people. This story is an insight into how the urban systems, much neglected and in severe disrepair, may shut down in a couple of hours, cause widespread chaos, and result in large-scale damage. We follow the siege of Mumbai by incessant rains, the world’s sixth largest city.
Mumbai Mega Flood looks at how one of the biggest cities in the world came to a standstill for over 48 hours due to the fury of the monsoons and how the citizens of the city braved the disaster with their indomitable spirit. The film goes behind the headlines and looks at the innards, or so to speak, of how a city like Mumbai can be brought to a stand still. The film documents the lacunae apparent in the city’s infrastructure and establishes how the deluge affected its systems in a way that it brought one of the most densely populated cities to a grinding halt.
Mumbai Mega Flood is an attempt to understand events that conspired to bring Mumbai to its knees. It is not just a story of Mumbai, but the story of a highly populated city’s ability or inability to cope with natural disasters.
Mumbai Mega Flood was produced for the National Geographic Channel.