Mumbai Flooded After Heavy Overnight Rain, Trains Suspended

It’s been raining heavily in the country’s financial capital -Mumbai- since last evening.

Mumbai:

Heavy overnight rain in Mumbai has hit rail and road traffic after several parts in the city were water-logged. The weather department has warned of a flood-like situation in the low-lying areas.

Around 150 mm-200 mm of rainfall was received in western suburbs, according to the weather office, at a time when the country’s financial capital is fighting coronavirus, triggering concerns of violation of government-mandated social distancing norms.

Over the next 24 hours, the city is expected to receive more rainfall. Visuals from this morning showed commuters out on roads in knee-deep water, struggling to reach their workplaces. 

Train services on the Central and Harbour lines have been suspended due to water logging, Mumbai’s civic body – the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC – tweeted this morning. 

“Mumbai rains at 5.30 in morning, 23 Sept – Colaba 122.2mm Santacruz 273.6mm Col,Scz contine to receive very intense spells of rains throughout night. Radar indicates Mumbai Thane, Palghar, Raigad intense clouds, RF likely to cont. Mumbai, Palghar Thane..heavy rain could be in coming 24 hours,” India Meteorological Department’s Deputy Director General of Meteorology K S Hosalikar posted on Twitter today.
 

The Regional Meteorological Centre, in a late-night statement, said that “people living in vulnerable places may take caution” as it also warned about traffic disruption and power cuts.

On Twitter, social media users have been sharing pictures, urging civic bodies for help. “Continuous rain water rising at upper levels at smith house ground floor near Dongri police station.. Mumbai 400009. Pl help,” wrote a user. 

Another user tweeted pictures, highlighting the struggles of commuting amid water-logging. “Finally reached office at Worli  Waterlogging in several parts of Mumbai Stay Safe Mumbai #MumbaiRain.” 

The weather office has also warned of “possibility of danger to very old buildings and unmaintained structures”. Earlier this week, over 30 people died in a building collapse in Bhiwandi near Mumbai. 
 

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