Thursday, July 28, 2005

Mumbai under water

Mumbai was flooded heavily in the last three days of incessant rains. Here are some pics that show how bad the situation has been. I know people who spent the night at office and went without food for more than 12 hours. A lucky few had chocolates and other snacks at the office vending machine or canteen. So far, over 50 dead and many many more missing. Another dimension to this is that many ATM machines and bank counters at other places, including Hyderabad, have either stopped working or are behaving erratically. Why? Well, their data centers are in Mumbai, their systems and communication links are down and the geeks who look after these systems are busy figuring out how to get home. I needed to make an online payment but couldn't do so because of such system troubles; which makes me sing: "Rain rain go away, Come again another day, Big Tanveer wants to 'pay' ( online ), Rain rain go away"

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