Mumbai flooded after heavy rain in a single day; IMD points ‘orange alert’; trains suspended

Mumbai, September 23

Mumbai acquired one of many highest showers within the final 24 hours of this monsoon season and extra rainfall is probably going within the metropolis and suburbs on Wednesday, MeT officers stated.

“Mumbai received one of the highest rainfall in the last 24 hours,” India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Mumbai centre Deputy Director-General Okay S Hosalikar stated.

On Wednesday morning, public transport providers had been hit and regular life affected within the monetary capital resulting from heavy downpour and waterlogging.

Several streets and low-lying areas had been waterlogged resulting from in a single day rains and the street visitors was additionally badly hit, a civic official stated. Some automobiles broke down within the water, affecting the visitors motion, he added.

Mumbai’s municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has requested that each one workplaces and institutions within the metropolis, barring important providers, be shut on Wednesday because of the downpour and IMD’s forecast of “heavy to very heavy rains” within the metropolis.

A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) launch stated Chahal has additionally appealed Mumbaikars to not step out of their properties, except it’s an emergency.

A Central Railway spokesperson stated suburban providers had been suspended at 5 am on Wednesday following heavy rains alongside the tracks.

“Due to heavy rain and waterlogging in Sion-Kurla and Chunabhatti-Kurla, traffic has been suspended on CSMT-Thane and CSMT-Vashi sections for safety reasons,” he stated.

Special shuttle providers are being run between Thane- Kasara, Thane-Karjat and Vashi-Panvel stations, whereas a number of long-distance trains have been rescheduled, he stated.

The Western Railway additionally stated its suburban practice service has been suspended resulting from heavy rain and waterlogging between Churchgate-Andheri stations.

“Suburban locals service is running normally between Andheri and Virar,” it tweeted.

Suburban trains, thought-about the lifeline of Mumbai, are being operated for important providers workers resulting from COVID-19 outbreak and customary residents should not authorised to journey in them as of now.

A civic official stated the general public bus service of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has additionally been hit resulting from waterlogged streets, and visitors diverted at a number of places.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued an orange alert with a forecast of heavy rainfall at some locations in Mumbai and Thane throughout the day.

According to KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general of IMD, 122.2 mm rain was recorded at Colaba and 273.6 mm at Santacruz until 5.30 am. PTI

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