Mumbai, Aug 29: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a emergency number for people stranded at various places due to heavy rains in Mumbai. Mumbaikars can contact BMC authorities at 1916 emergency number for updates on rainfall and help. Maharashtra government has issued order directing all offices to allow employees to leave for home in wake of heavy rainfall. Normal life in Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has been disrupted after heavy downpour since Sunday evening. Catch live updates on Mumbai rains here.
Transportation facilities including Mumbai local trains are worst hit due to heavy rainfall with reports of waterlogging at several places in the city. After waterlogging was reported in low-lying areas of Parel, Sion and Kurla, train services on Harbour and Central lines were halted. On Western lines, train services between Churchgate and Andheri have been suspended due to waterlogging. Heavy rainfall also led to a landslide in Thane district, leading to derailment of 10 coaches of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express on early morning of Tuesday.
The 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. According to an official from the BMC’s Disaster Management Cell, “There have been reports of water-logging in Dadar, Andheri, Worli, Kurla and Sakinaka, among other areas.
The Mumbai Police has requested citizens not to go towards waterfront and dial 100 in case of emergency. The official Twitter handle of the police department has been assisting people through the micro-blogging site. Despite heavy downpour, no untoward incident has been reported so far, civic officials said.