Indian Meteorological Department predicted ‘very heavy rains’ in Mumbai days after severe rains hampered normalcy in the city. Over 40 people were killed in various incidents during the monsoon season so far.
IMD issued a warning predicting a very heavy rainfall ranging up to 200mm. Districts of Raigad, Thane and Palghar may are likely to witness heavy to very heavy rains in the next 24 hours.
Due to harsh weather conditions, all the flight operations were briefly halted at the Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.
Several flight operators informed their passengers to expect a delay in arrivals and departures requesting them to cooperate.
Traffic snarls marred the city in many areas including Bandra, Vile Parle, Andheri among others. Commuters faced difficulties due to water logging especially in the low lying areas.
Central Railways has been facilitating the commuters with periodical updates on twitter. “Heavy rains at various locations on Mumbai suburban. Central Railway locals are running normal on main line, harbour line, transharbour line and 4th corridor (Kharkopar-Nerul/Belapur). No disruption anywhere,” tweeted Central Railways.
In another tweet Central Railways said “In spite of heavy rains at various locations on Mumbai suburban, Central Railway locals are running on the main line, harbor line, transharbour line and the 4th corridor (Kharkopar-Nerul/Belapur) without disruption.
Instances of wall collapses were reported from Andheri east and Shivaji Nagar in Govandi. 8 were injured in Shivaji Nagar while no injuries were reported in Andheri East.
The BEST bus service has reportedly diverted 37 busses in eight routes due to heavy water logging.
Adding to the woes, the autorikshaw drivers are likely to go on an indefinite strike demanding hike in fares. Over 20 lakh drivers are expected to take part in the strike.
Last week due to very heavy rains, Tiware dam breach took place in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district leaving the region along the konkan coast in a flood like situation.