March 22 2018

Mumbai rains 25 problems of sinking mayanagri red alert for 24 Hours

March 22 2018, 03:58 | Clarence Walton

Rains in Mumbai evoke varied reactions

Rains in Mumbai evoke varied reactions

Suburban train services on the Thane-Kalyan line resumed at 10.30 pm. "Traffic from Bandra Worli Sealink towards airport is moving now".

It said the heavy downpour reminded the megapolis of the cloudburst on July 26, 2005, when there was about 950 mm rainfall in 24 hours.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on alert. India Meteorological Department estimates that the region could see up to 250 mm of rain (approximately 11 inches). People were advised to avoid beaches and promenades, which will impact the ritual immersion of Ganesha idols, an annual event.

Those stuck on the roads have been askedto dial 100 or contact the police on Twitter. Waterlogging was reported in the low-lying areas of Parel and Sion. A tree fell on the busy Saat Rasta road, affecting road traffic.

Flight operations are normal this morning at Mumbai airport, the airport official said. The spell of heavy rains is likely to continue today as well, he added. Six long distance trains between Mumbai and Delhi, Valsad and Punjab have been cancelled.

Air and rail service were suspended or delayed in Mumbai, stranding thousands of commuters. As expected, railways are paralyzed and tracks are filled with water.

All major roads such as the Western Express Highway, Eastern Express Highway, Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road, Santa Cruz-Kurla Link Road, Babasaheb Ambedkar Road and Lal Bhahadur Shastri Road witnessed huge traffic jams.

"Due to the rains, we have declared a holiday for the schools and colleges in the district", Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu district Richard Vincent D'Souza said.

He also claimed that as many 30,000 employees of the BMC were present on the streets to help in tackling the situation.

A dozen people, mainly senior citizens are reportedly missing across the city and are suspected to be out of communication. Similar to 2005 floods, weather man states that even this time there is a probability of heavy rains that may fill Mumbai with water till knees. It is a serious situation.

"We are mapping all the flooding zones to launch a project to build emergency shelters to make evacuation easy", said Tagade.

"I was stranded in Dadar, waited for three hours and then went back to office, spent the night, worked in the day and returned home", said Shaibal Gupta, a space seller, who stays in Vasai.

The movement of the suburban trains was severely obstructed as well.

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