New Delhi: Mumbai witnessed heavy rains overnight, leading to waterlogging in many parts of the city, and seriously disrupting road and rail traffic and affecting movement of people manning essential services on Wednesday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of a flood-like situation in the low-lying areas.Also Read - Night Curfew returns in Maharashtra, Fresh Restrictions Come Into Force From Midnight l Key Points

Heavy waterlogging was reported from the traditional flood-prone areas of central Mumbai like Sion, Matunga, Kurla, Chunabhatti, Mazagaon, Masjid Bunder and Byculla. Besides several areas in the suburbs like Goregaon, Malad, Dahisar, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Mulund experienced waterlogging. Also Read - 'Inviting Explosive Transmission of Covid & Its Variant', Maharashtra Govt on Allowing Unvaccinated People to Use Public Transport

The IMD on Wednesday morning warned, “Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and in adjoining areas of Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Deoband, Assandh during next 2 hours.” The weather department had issued an orange alert with a forecast of heavy rainfall at at some places in Mumbai and Thane during the day. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Services Will Be Suspended On Sunday For 18 Hours On These Routes | Details Here

Authorities urged people to avoid stepping out unless necessary. City’s Civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also declared holiday for all private and governments establishments, except emergency services.

Due to continuous rains and waterlogging at Sion-Kurla, Chunabhatti-Kurla and Masjid, suburban services on Central Railway are suspended between CSMT-Thane/CSMT-Vashi. Shuttle Services are running between Thane-Kalyan and beyond and Vashi and Panvel.

Special mail/express trains have been rescheduled, said CR Chief Spokesperson Shivaji Sutar.

Similarly, submerged tracks compelled the Western Railway to suspend all suburban services between Churchgate to Andheri. “Heavy rains have been reported from Mumbai and Thane suburbs in last 12 hours with some places recording 150 mm plus rainfall,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general of meteorology, IMD.

Mumbai’s public bus service operator BEST has cancelled or diverted its operations in several routes.

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