On Wednesday, Mumbai got flooded due to overnight heavy rainfalls. Waterlogging led to disrupting road and rail traffic thus affecting the movement of people manning essential services.
The low-lying areas have been warned of having a flood-like situation due to heavy rainfalls as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Traditional flood-prone areas of central Mumbai have been reported of heavy water-logging. Areas reported of water-logging are Kurla, Matunga, Sion, Chunabhatti, Masjid Bunder, Mazagaon, and Byculla. Several areas in the suburb also experienced waterlogging like Malad, Kurla, Goregaon, Dahisar, Mulund, Ghatkopar.
The Santacruz observatory recorded 286.4mm rainfall in the 24 hours ending 8.30 am Wednesday, the fourth highest daily figure between 1974 and 2020, according to the weather agency.
On Wednesday, the IMD warned that areas of Shamli, Deoband, Muzaffarnagar, Assandh will be experiencing thunderstorms with light to moderate intensity rain. The department of weather had issued an orange alert and forecasted a heavy rainfall at some places in Thane and Mumbai during the day.
Authorities have requested people to withdraw from going outside unless necessary. BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) of Mumbai declared a holiday for all government and private establishments excluding emergency services.
Because of constant rains and waterlogging at Chunabhatti-Kurla, Sion-Kurla, and Masjid services of the suburban on Central Railway are terminated temporarily between CSMT-Thane/CSMT-Vashi. Between Thane-Kalyan and beyond and Vashi and Panvel, shuttle services are running. CR Chief Spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said that special mail/express trains have been rescheduled.
Similarly, submerged tracks compelled the Western Railway to suspend all suburban services between Churchgate to Andheri. “Heavy rains have been reported from Mumbai and Thane suburbs in last 12 hours with some places recording 150 mm plus rainfall,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general of meteorology, IMD.
BEST, Mumbai’s public bus service operator also got cancelled or diverted its operations in various routes.