Mumbai has been hit by heavy rains yet again and while it may not have come to a standstill, a high alert has been issued so that citizens can be prepared for whatever comes in the next 24 hours. Yesterday, heavy rains lashed the city for the second time in less than a month flooding several low-lying areas. Memories of the heavy rains and floods on August 29 that killed 14 people are still fresh in the minds of Mumbaikars. Several people were stranded in offices and some even on the streets. Many walked for hours through contaminated water-logged areas to reach home. With all that in mind, the city is taking extra precautions this time. According to the MET, the heavy rainfall is expected to continue all through Wednesday. Schools and colleges will remain closed today which is wise considering the risk these weather conditions pose to children. Also Read - 'Touching Gesture'! Narayana Murthy Touches The Feet of Ratan Tata And Twitter Can't Stop Hailing The 'Historic Moment'
As of 8.15 am in this morning, traffic is moving normally in both directions on the Eastern Freeway. However, there is water-logging at Andheri, Dahisar and Khar subway as well as Andheri station road and so, they have all been closed. Trains are functional on all three lines – Harbour, Central and Western but they are running 10-15 minutes late. If the rains continue, you can expect the frequency to go down. Several outstation trains have been cancelled including the CSMT-Pune Deccan Express, Manmad CSMT Rajyarani Express, and Manmad LTT Godavari Express. While several offices have issued Work from Home permissions to their employees, the regular early-morning office goers have left home as usual taking trains and buses. 34 domestic flights have been cancelled upto 12 pm on Wednesday. The Mumbai Police have issued a high tide warning at 12.03 pm and a low tide warning at 06.04 pm on Wednesday. This may lead to water logging like the last time. However, for now, it seems like Mumbai is functioning as usual. If you havent left home yet, it may be prudent to stay back if you can. As amazing as Mumbai rains can be, safety comes first and this may not be the best day to explore the city. Also Read - JNU Violence Highlights: Student Protests Emerge Across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata; Film Fraternity Joins in Also Read - Mumbai Rains: IMD Forecasts Light Rains, Thunderstorms Due to Depression in Arabian Sea