Mumbai, August 29: Normal life is completely paralysed in Mumbai after heavy rainfall. Transportation facilities including local trains and BEST buses are worst hit. Traffic jams were reported on all major arterial roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg as the rains continued since last night. Waterlogging on tracks was reported in Andheri and Bandra. There have been reports of waterlogging in Dadar, Andheri, Worli, Kurla and Sakinaka, among other areas. The famous KEM Hospital has shifted at least 30 patients to the upper wards after one of its corridors got flooded by water from the Parel Village. (ALSO READ: BMC Issues Emergency Number, Maharashtra Govt Orders Leave For Employees)
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of heavy to very heavy downpour in Mumbai at many isolated places on August 29. A high tide is expected at 4:30 pm today in Mumbai of 3.32 meters height. Mumbai’s lifeline – local trains are badly affected due to rains. Due to the derailment of one engine and three coaches of Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express train number 12290 near Titwala station today, the Central line trains from CSMT station towards Kasara have been affected. According to the reports, trains from CSMT station are running only till Titwala. Due to the derailment and heavy rains, trains towards CSMT station are running 15-20 minutes late. The Harbour line was also affected due to rains. (Click here for live updates on Mumbai rains, trains, and traffic)
The rains during the Ganpati festival has affected traffic the most. There was waterlogging at low-lying places such as Sion, Dadar Kurla, Andheri, Matunga that disrupted the traffic. According to reports, vehicles were not moving near Liberty Garden in Malad west. On the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road in the direction of Mumbai University, the traffic was slow on Monday night.
Many Mumbaikars took to Twitter to share their joy as well as frustration due to rains that lashed the city since the weekend:
According to reports, the trains and railway platforms were overcrowded as the trains were almost 30 minutes late. At Chunabhatti railway station, a wall collapsed in the night that damaged a few vehicles that were parked nearby.
In Ghatkopar’s Ramnarayan Narkar road, a tree fell on a Wagon R car at midnight due to heavy rainfall. However, there were no casualties reported.
The Skymet Weather forecast the city will receive moderate to heavy rains for the next 24 hours. Till August 28, Mumbai recorded 521 mm of rain which is just 8.7 mm short of its monthly mean. As high tide is expected today, citizens are advised to maintain a safe distance at beaches and Marine Drive.