Heavy rain, flooding paralyses Mumbai

RSTV Bureau

Torrential rain accompanied by strong winds pummelled Mumbai on Tuesday, disrupting rail, road and air services, uprooting trees, swamping homes, and bringing the megapolis and satellite towns to their knees.

People make their way through a flooded street during heavy rains in Mumbai

People make their way through a flooded street during heavy rains in Mumbai

Thousands of vehicles were stranded on arterial roads in Lower Parel, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Khar West, Ghatkopar, Sion and Hindmata areas that were under the knee to waist deep water for several hours, many having broken down.

Train services on all three suburban railway lines– Central, Western and Harbour lines–have been paralysed.

Having waited for hours on end with water showing no signs of receding, fidgety passengers were seen jumping off stationary trains and walking along the tracks to their destinations.

“Areas such as Mumbai, south Gujarat, Konkan, Goa and west Vidarbha will get extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours. It is a serious situation. We have issued necessary warnings to departments concerned, including airports,” said A K Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD Pune.

Maharashtra Government has issued orders for all offices to allow employees to leave in wake of heavy rains and IMD Warning

Operations of trains were halted at sion station after heavy rains lashed Mumbai

Operations of trains were halted at sion station after heavy rains lashed Mumbai

President Ram Nath Kovind said government and public agencies were taking all steps to help people affected by torrential rains in Mumbai and his thoughts were with families, especially children, living in the worst-hit areas. He also appreciated voluntary groups and organisations which are helping people stranded in the flooded areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the state government to provide all the required to support from central government. He also spoke with Chief Minister Fadnavis and inquired about measures taken by his administration.

 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he is in regular touch with officials and monitoring the flood situation. “I have talked to BMC disaster management cell and Mumbai police over the hotline. Mantralaya staff told to leave early,” CM Devendra Fadnavis said.

He visited the State Disaster Management Control (SDMC) room and took stock of the situation.

He has asked employees at Mantralaya, the state secretariat to leave for their homes. Employees in other offices have also been allowed to head to their homes.  Schools and colleges have declared holiday on Wednesday following Met forecast

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the situation was well under control and advised the citizens to step out of their homes only if necessary.

“The metropolis has received heavy rainfall since last night. Between 8.30 am and 12 pm today, the city received 85 mm rainfall,” said Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner. “Step out of homes only if it is too important because water-logging has been reported from several parts of the city,” he added.

Naik, however, added things were well under control and senior civic officials were keeping a close watch on the situation.

“Due to water logging on tracks & point failure at Bandra following very heavy rains, 3 lines except UP Fast line are affected. Efforts are on to start traffic on 3 lines (except UP fast line) at Bandra as soon as possible by attending the points,” the Western Railway tweeted.

According to an official from the BMC’s Disaster Management Cell, “There have been reports of waterlogging in Dadar, Andheri, Worli, Kurla, and Sakinaka, among other areas. We have received 20 cases of a tree falling and one of a wall collapse.”

“Despite the heavy downpour, no untoward incident has been reported so far,” said the official.