After Mumbai woke up to yet another day of relentless downpour, flooded streets and water-logged rail tracks forced the education department to declare a holiday today. It is the highest rainfall of the season so far in 24 hours, India Meteorological Department Mumbai’s deputy director general KS Hosalikar told news agency Press trust of India.
The Monday traffic had a hard time as heavy rainfall along with low visibility caused snarls and people were seen wading through knee-deep water. Visuals of heavy water-logging in Kurla, Sion and Dadar were shared on social media.
Those who take the local to work were stranded on the stations during peak hours as the trains were running due to submerged tracks. The services are still running late.
According to a Western Railway official, movement of trains on some tracks had to be stopped but services continued on other tracks with restricted speed.
Trains under the Central Railway were moving slow, but no service was cancelled, an official said.
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses were seen stuck in long jams, but no service was cancelled or suspended, a BEST spokesperson said.
Even as visibility wasn’t “very good” at the Mumbai airport, flights operations weren’t disrupted, an official said, adding no warning has been issued for the aviation sector so far.
The meteorological department has forecast more heavy rains in Mumbai till tomorrow.
The Colaba observatory in south Mumbai recorded 170.6 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours (from 8.30 am yesterday), an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
The observatory in suburban Santacruz recorded 122 mm showers during the same period. “The city and its suburban areas received a good spell of showers yesterday. Mumbai got a widespread downpour as the rain intensity escalated to very active,” Mr Hosalikar said.
He said the intensity of rains in the city’s neighbouring districts of Palghar, Raigad and some parts in the south Konkan region was even more “vigorous” with these areas receiving 200 mm rainfall since yesterday.