Heavy rains create havoc in Mumbai; offices closed, services of local trains stopped
Mumbai: Extremely heavy rains since Monday night have inundated several areas here forcing the authorities to stop the services of the local trains, a lifeline for Mumbai's 20 million residents, and closure of all offices in the city, except emergency services on Tuesday.
The financial capital and a few neighbouring district are on red alert for "extremely heavy rainfall" on Tuesday and Wednesday. Apart from Mumbai, the alert has been issued for Thane, Pune, Raigad and Ratnagiri districts of Maharashtra.
"Stay home! We've been monitoring the situation and the @mybmc is working round the clock. Please cooperate and stay home," Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted.
Local train services have been suspended on some routes in Mumbai and suburbs due to flooding on rail tracks, officials said. “Due to high tide resulting in water-logging at Wadala and Parel, suburban services are suspended on main line and harbour line. However, shuttle services are running between Vashi and Panvel, and Thane and Kalyan,” Central Railway's chief public relation officer Shivaji Sutar tweeted.
“No suburban trains are held up in between stations,” he added. The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) bus services have been diverted in several routes in various parts of Mumbai and the suburbs, the civic body said.
Mumbai's civic body has said that except for essential services,all other offices in the city will be closed on Tuesday.
“Owing to the heavy rainfall since last night and forecasts of extremely heavy rain by @IndiaMetDep all offices and establishments in Mumbai, except emergency services, will remain shut,” the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) tweeted.
Altogether 26 places have reported flooding. Roads in areas such as Goregaon, King Circle, Hindmata, Dadar, Shivaji Chowk, Shell Colony, Kurla ST Depot, Bandra Talkies, Sion Road have been flooded. Heavy overnight rain caused a landslide on the Western Express Highway in suburban Kandivali early Tuesday morning, affecting the movement of vehicles from the western suburbs towards south Mumbai, officials said.
With a high tide expected at 12:47 pm, the civic body has alerted to all concerned departments and also to people to not go near any beach or low-lying areas. Tides waves of around 4.51 meters have been predicted due to the heavy rain.
Mumbai city received 230.06 mm rain from 8 am on Monday to 6 am on Tuesday. The eastern and western suburbs recorded 162.83 and 162.28 mm of rain respectively.