Mumbai, Jul 9: Schools and colleges in several parts of Mumbai have declared holiday as heavy rains threw life out of gear in the maximum city. The holiday has been declared as a precautionary measure, keeping the safety of the students as the top priority in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The incessant rains for the last three days resulted in waterlogging, train delays and massive traffic jam in Mumbai and its suburban areas. More rains have been predicted for the next three days. Also Read - COVID-19 Cases in India See Biggest Jump of Nearly 25,000; Total Tally Rises Above 7.6 Lakh | Key Points
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued a fresh warning of heavy to very heavy rains in Mumbai and adjoining districts. Heavy rains are expected in districts of Thane, Palghar and Mumbai till July 11, which may lead to adverse weather and traffic conditions. Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg will witness extremely heavy rain at isolated places. Also Read - Maharashtra COVID Tally: 6603 Fresh Cases, 198 Deaths in 24 Hours; Total Infections at 223724
The Mumbai locals have been delayed due to waterlogging on the tracks, delaying the commuting time on all three lines. People have been advised to stay indoors and not to venture out unnecessarily. The Mumbai fire brigade tweeted, “Despite warnings, people venture into the sea and endanger life. My appeal to the public at large is to be aware of the danger and take all warnings issued seriously.” Also Read - Unlock 2: After Hotels, Maharashtra Govt Now Plans to Open Restaurants, Gymnasiums Soon
In the past 24 hours, Mumbai received an average of 144.3 mm rains, making it one of the wettest spells in the current monsoon, with forecast of heavy to very heavy rains in the entire coastal belt over the next 48 hours till Wednesday, the IMD said.
Since the past 72 hours, six people were killed in rain-related incidents in the Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR) in different districts.
After heavy rains, several big and small rivers, streams and ponds in the tourist hotspots like Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Tansa Forest Sanctuary, Yeoor Hills and other areas in MMR, besides the Vaitarna, Surya and Ulhas Rivers in the MMR, overflowed.
Around a dozen tourists trapped near a swollen waterfall in Ratnagiri were rescued by a group of mountaineers and hikers, and some schools in flood-prone areas have declared a precautionary holiday on Monday.