Mumbai, September 20: Rains continue to wreak havoc in Mumbai and adjoining region for the second day on Wednesday disrupting the normal life. Massive water-logging has been reported from various parts of Mumbai affecting rail, road and air traffic.
While five Western Railways trains have been cancelled; six trains were cancelled and were two diverted on Central Railways. Commuters were stuck at various stations since last night due to disruption of suburban train services and were seen making their way home in the morning as the situation improved overnight. Catch all the live updates on Mumbai rains here
Rains have affected the air traffic as well as the main runway of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is still closed. A total 56 flights have been diverted as only the second runway is operational. Also read: Mumbai Rains: Traffic Advisory to Avoid Jams
Keeping in mind the safety of students, schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region have been instructed to remain close today. “Schools are instructed to remain close tomorrow for safety due to mixed predictions. This holiday will be compensated in Diwali,” Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde had said.
There is a high tide warning at 12.03 pm of 4.54 metres for today.
Due to heavy downpour, the Dabbawalas will also not be working today, Mumbai Dabbawala Association Spokesperson Subhash Talekar said
A forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall in Raigad district adjoining Mumbai is expected in the next 24 hours, according to India Meteorological Department, Mumbai.
An IMD official said the Santacruz observatory recorded 225.3 mm rain from 8.30 AM to 11.30 PM on Monday night. This quantity falls under the weather category of ‘extremely heavy rain’ (204.5 mm and above), he said.
The observatory recorded over 100 mm in just three hours (5.30-8.30pm), the official added.
Mumbai recorded its second highest September rain in a span of 12 hours on Monday, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials said. The rainfall recorded at BMC’s automatic weather stations between 8 am and 10 pm included Nariman Point (88mm), Worli (110mm), Chembur (112mm), Mulund (94mm), Andheri (208mm), Bandra (128mm) and Borivli (204mm).
Heavy rains coupled with thunder and lightning lashed the metropolis on Monday, slowing down movement of vehicular traffic and suburban trains, and bringing back memories of torrential downpour in late August when the financial capital came to a standstill.
With inputs from PTI