Rains in South Gujarat, North Konkan, Mumbai

Heavy rains in Mumbai have also been predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, although the rain on Wednesday is expected to be lighter than that of Tuesday. The weatherman has forecast heavy rain in Mumbai in the next 12 hours.

However, some isolated areas are likely to receive heavy rainfall, it warned. Schools and universities in Mumbai will remain closed until at least Thursday. 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. However, she feared another downpour. The long distance train services including local trains were also disrupted on CR owing to derailing of Duronto train at Asangaon, near Karzat.

Three teams of NDRF stationed in Mumbai put on alert and two additional teams have been moved from Pune to Mumbai. Commuters on their way to work waited helplessly at railway stations as local train were running behind schedule.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted to say that people in and around Mumbai are "advised to stay back home unless there is an emergency" but assured that "essential services" will be up.

President Ram Nath Kovind also took to social media to express his concern and assured people that best steps are being taken to tackle the situation.

Right from hours of traffic jams to waterlogged roads, Mumbai rains left no stone unturned in wreaking havoc over the capital city of Maharashtra.

Every year the city struggles to cope with the annual monsoon deluge, drawing criticism about its poor planning.

In the wider region, tens of thousands of people have been displaced.

The MMR catchment areas including Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Aarey in Mumbai, Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Palghar and Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary in Thane are receiving heavy rainfall.

The megapolis received 316 mm rain yesterday, which was the heaviest after the July 26, 2005 record of 944 mm, which caused the worst havoc in decades in the financial hub of the country. Water logging was also reported at Kemps Corner, Worli (towards sealink), Andheri market and parts of Saki Naka.

  • Joanne Flowers