Torrential Rains Sweep Mumbai, Residents Told To Stay Indoors

An unrelenting downpour has battered low-lying parts of Mumbai since early Tuesday, with some areas receiving nearly 12 inches of rain.

Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra Chief Minister, tweeted alerts from disaster management's office in Mumbai.

Traffic crawled on major arterial roads the whole day while waterlogging was reported from low-lying areas, some right at the heart of the city.

More rainfall expected in the next 24 hours, cloud build up is heavy.

According to an official statement, the state-run Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has cut power supply to areas under its receiving station in central Mumbai's Dharavi and also pockets served by stations at Wadala, Dadar and Parel.

Mumbai being the capital of Maharashtra faces heavy rainfalls due to low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean.

All schools in Mumbai to remain closed tomorrow:, said Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde.

The weather department has forecast heavy rains over the next 24 hours in Konkan and Mumbai regions.

Mumbai Chief Fire Officer P.S. Rahangdale added, "A total of 120 personnel have formed flood response teams at seven stations and are on standby".

"Due to the incessant rainfall in Mumbai, three IndiGo flights, 6E-453 Coimbatore-Mumbai, 6E-5924 Guwahati-Mumbai and 6E-1708 Doha-Mumbai had to be diverted to Ahmedabad which departed for Mumbai only after the weather was clear. Between 8.30 am and 12 pm today, the city received 85 mm rainfall", said Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, to PTI.

The torrential rains have hit the immersion ceremonies on the fifth day of the Ganeshotsav on Tuesday, with many marquees deciding to postpone it by two days. "We have issued necessary warnings to the departments concerned, including airports", A K Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD Pune said. Incessant rains have been lashing the city for so long that residents pray for some relief for some time.

  • Leroy Wright