Heavy rainfall has hit normal life in Mumbai with water logging reported at several locations across the city and local train services rendered suspended with several tracks under water.
In the last 24 hours, south Mumbai recorded an average rainfall of around 188mm, and Western suburbs of around 172mm.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has advised people to stay indoors and travel only in case of an emergency. The incessant rainfall in the city and the forecast of intermittent rain in the next 24 hours has led BMC to cancel all municipality-run schools for the day.
Mumbai university has declared to call off all theory and practical examinations which were scheduled to be held on Friday.
According to information given by the control room of BMC, water-logging is reported in areas like Kurla, Chembur, Tilak Nagar, Andheri, Parel, Lower Parel, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Dombivili. An IMD forecast at 0800 hours today said, “Intermittent rains/shower would occur in the city and suburbs. Heavy to very heavy rains would occur in some areas.”
The average rainfall recorded in 24 hours ending 8am on Friday is — city 188 mm, eastern suburbs 155 mm, western suburbs 172 mm while the high tide (4.47 metres) is expected at 2:29pm.
*Rescue teams have been deployed across the city.
*Three flights have been diverted and there is a 30-minute delay at the Mumbai airport owing to rain-induced congestion.
*Helicopter operations were stopped as the country’s busiest general aviation facility was under 3 feet water.
*All the major roads in the city including Santacruz-Chembur Link Road and SV road are affected by waterlogging. The traffic at Western Express Highway is moving slowly.
*There are reports of trees collapsing at five different locations in Mahim. The SV road outside Andheri station is the worst affected.
*India Meteorological Department officials say the current rainfall pattern falls under the ‘extreme’ category for the city of Mumbai, Konkan areas and Goa. The officials added that the current weather pattern would continue for the next two days with isolated spells of very heavy rain across the city. According to the 24-hour rainfall data between 8.30am Thursday and 8.30 am Friday, south Mumbai received 208.8 mm of rain while the suburbs received 283.4 mm of rainfall, which is the highest quantum for this year’s monsoon season and highest in a decade for the month of June.
*The downpour resulted into low turnout of patients in the OPDs of the state and civic run hospitals across the city. However, none of the services and functioning of the hospitals were affected or hindered in any manner said various head of hospitals.
*Bombay high court declares a holiday as many staff and lawyers were unable to reach due to heavy rainfall.