After having issued a red alert for Mumbai and Thane for Sunday, the Met department lowered the warning to an orange alert with the forecast of “heavy to very heavy” rain at some places, on Sunday afternoon.
While CR officials are yet to ascertain as to why the Mahalaxmi Express came to a halt about 3 km ahead of Badlapur, officials from the Thane disaster management department pointed at a communication lapse.
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Mumbai rains: Heavy rains overnight made the city come to a standstill. It affected the movement of several trains, flights and vehicles on road making the commuters suffer. Over 50 flights have been diverted.
As per the IMD office in Santacruz, the city witnessed 7.2 mm of rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm Tuesday, exceeding the criteria of a minimum of 2.5 mm of rainfall set by IMD to declare monsoons, which arrived after a two-week delay this year.