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Mumbai weather HIGHLIGHTS: Death toll in Kurar wall collapse touches 26

Mumbai Rains, Weather Forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: At least 31 people have died in rain-related incidents in Mumbai and surrounding areas. Flood-like conditions in the city since Sunday threw rail, air and road traffic out of gear, with several trains and flights being cancelled.

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Passengers waiting at Dombivil station after Railways announce Sunday time-table for trains (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)

Mumbai Rains, Weather Forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: Mumbai limped back to normalcy Wednesday morning with public transport resuming services after torrential rains, that brought the city to a halt since Sunday, subsided.

The Central Railway cancelled the Sunday time table for its suburban services in Mumbai division after thousands of commuters, who turned up for work, faced stampede like situations due to overcrowding. The Sunday time table meant the Railways will ply fewer trains, compared to weekdays when trains are run in full capacity.

At least 31 people have died in rain-related incidents so far since Sunday. The rains, highest ever recorded since the 2005 deluge, paralysed the Maximum City, throwing rail, air and road traffic out of gear, with several trains and flights being cancelled. In Malad East, a wall collapsed on hutments Tuesday in Kurar’s Pimpripada area, leaving 24 people dead. The death toll is expected to increase as many are feared stuck under debris. In Kalyan, the wall of a school collapsed on an adjoining residential structure, killing three persons. Two men died in a closed car in Malad, after the car drowned near a subway. A security guard lost his life after a compound wall collapse in Mulund and a man was electrocuted in Vile Parle. Two died of drowning in Palghar.

The Maharashtra government declared a public holiday in Mumbai Tuesday after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the city. Officials have advised people to avoid leaving their homes. Click here to follow our Mumbai Twitter handle

The weather agency has predicted heavy rainfall till July 5. Weather portal Skymet has predicted rainfall beyond 200 mm across Mumbai in that period. Mumbai Rains: Everything you need to know

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Ratnagiri dam breach: NDRF and local trekkers engaged in search operations

NDRF and local trekkers during the search operations at the downstream of the dam after the Wall of the Tiware dam washed away at Chiplun in Ratnagiri district where in 10 people died and 23 people are missing. (Express photo by Arul Horizon) 
Road to the spot is clossed 4 kms down the road. (Express photo by Arul Horizon)

2005 vs 2019: Mumbai's response to disasters has come a long way

While Tuesday’s flood waters may have triggered memories of the July 26, 2005 tragedy, nobody disputes that Mumbai’s response to disasters has come a long way since. The state and civic agencies undertook a series of projects in the aftermath of the 944-mm deluge, key among them being the decision to finally implement the Brimstowad (Brihanmumbai Storm Water Drainage) project, whose cost had grown manifold since being proposed in the 1990s. Read the full story

Ratnagiri dam breach: Death toll rises touches 10

Ten bodies have been recovered downstream the Tiware dam in Ratnagiri after a breach washed away several houses nearby late Tuesday night. 13 people are still missing as search operations are underway. The breach of the dam occurred around 10 PM Tuesday following very heavy rains over the last two days, cutting off at least seven villages downstream the dam. 

Mumbai floods, a perennial problem leading to inconvenience for lakhs of people: NCP leader

Mumbai floods due to monsoon figured in the Rajya Sabha with members demanding a permanent solution to a perennial problem leading to inconvenience to lakhs of people, and even causing loss of lives. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, senior NCP member Majeed Menon said there was no dearth of funds as Mumbai's municipal corporation is the richest in the country with a budget of Rs 30,000 crore. He alleged that the financial capital of the country faces water logging every monsoon season due to "corruption, dereliction of duties and criminal negligence" in Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC). (PTI)

Main runway at Mumbai airport shut for second consecutive day

The main runway of Mumbai airport has been shut down for the second day consecutively as a Spicejet flight SG237 is still stuck on much since Monday night. The aircraft was flying in from Jaipur when it failed to apply brakes in time and instead landed into the muck, however no one was hurt in the incident. 

(Express photo by Pradip Das)

Kurar wall collapse: Death toll touches 26

The Tuesday wall collapse on hutments in Kurar’s Pimpripada area in Malad East, claimed  two more lives today raising the death toll to 26. The death toll is expected to increase as many are feared stuck under debris. The victims were admitted to M W Desai Hospital, Kandivali's Ambedkar hospital and HBT Trauma care hospital in Jogeshwari. 

Mumbai slowly returns to normalcy but commuting woes continue

Schools and colleges opened and lakhs of commuters clambered on to overcrowded trains to make a perilous journey to work as the rain subsided and India's Maximum City slowly returned to normalcy on Wednesday. A day after the heaviest rain since 2005 brought the country's financial capital to its knees, leading to a wall collapse in which 22 people were killed, the waters receded from several parts of the city. Lakhs of citizens commuting on suburban trains had a tough time due to curtailed operations on certain routes. (PTI)

Ratnagiri dam breach: Death toll reaches nine, at least 15 still missing after several houses washed away

Nine bodies were recovered from downstream the Tiware dam in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, after a breach washed away several houses nearby late Tuesday night. At least 15 others are still reported missing. Read the full story here

Opinion: Nothing will change for Mumbai, thanks to BMC

Every year it is the same story, leaders take photographs, assure Mumbaikars of a trouble-free monsoon and once it rains, the leaders disappear or make bizarre statements, leaving the citizens to fend for themselves, writes Clyde Crasto. Read the full piece here

Mumbai railways not shut, some dislocation of flights: Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri dispelled rumours that the Mumbai Airport has been shut due to heavy rains in the city. "One of the runways which used to take 45 flights per hour, is now taking 36 flights. So, there has been some dislocation. It will be sorted out very quickly," he said. 

Central Railways cancel Sunday time table after stampede like situations at stations

Central Railways cancelled the Sunday time-table for operating trains in Mumbai after stampede like situations at railway stations caused distress to thousands of passngers. The CR chose to implement its Sunday timetable today that has about 350 services lesser than the daily scheduled services.

With commuters swelling at the station and not enough trains, the CR was compelled to run special trains to clear the crowd. 

Kurar wall collapse: Death toll rises to 24

In Malad East, a wall collapsed on hutments Tuesday in Kurar’s Pimpripada area, leaving 24 people dead. The death toll is expected to increase as many are feared stuck under debris.

Mumbai rains: Google Maps is letting you report closed roads, here’s how

While individually one cannot do much, Google Maps is giving citizens the option to do their bit by informing others about a road closure that they are aware of.

You can report a closed road on Google Maps so that people navigating through the city can avoid roads closed due to waterlogging or some other reasons. Click here to check how you can report a road closure

Maharashtra: Six dead after Ratnagiri dam breach washed away several houses

At least six people were killed after a dam breached late Tuesday night and washed away several houses in Chiplun taluka of Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra. At least sixteen others are reported missing. The breach of the dam occurred around 10 pm Tuesday after very heavy rains over the last two days. Officials feared the number of people missing could increase. READ MORE HERE

Mumbai limps back to normalcy as rains subside

India's financial capital limped back to normalcy Wednesday morning with public transport resuming services after torrential rains, that lashed the city since Sunday, subsided.

At 375.2 mm, the rainfall in the 24-hour period before 8.30 am Tuesday was the highest since the July 26, 2005, deluge in Mumbai. It had widely affected train and bus services while several flights had to be diverted from Mumbai airport and others were delayed for hours.

A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official Wednesday said that with respite from incessant showers, there was no more water logging in any parts of the city and suburban trains and BEST buses were running according to schedule. According to a BEST spokesperson, out of 3,203 buses, 2,950 were plying on roads. (PTI)

Mumbai rains: Death toll over 30

Heavy rain continued to lash parts of Maharashtra Tuesday, leading to at least 31 deaths in Mumbai and surrounding areas, including 25 in two separate incidents of walls collapsing in Kurar and Kalyan. In Pune, six people were killed in a wall collapse — the second such incident in the city in four days.

Officials said at least 22 people were killed in Kurar’s Pimpripada area, on the fringes of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, when a wall collapsed on hutments early in the morning. Many others are feared trapped in the debris. In Kalyan, three people died after a wall collapsed. READ MORE HERE

Mumbai braces for high tide at 12.35 PM

High tide of about 4.69 meter expected at around 12:35 PM and low tide of about 1.58 meter expected at 06:34 PM today. (ANI) 

Mumbai paralaysed after incessant rains; Maharashtra toll rises to 36

Twenty-two people died in a wall collapse incident in Mumbai, paralysed by incessant rainfall for the third consecutive day, as many parts of the financial capital remained waterlogged, prompting authorities to declare a holiday on Tuesday. Fourteen people died in rest of Maharashtra in rain-related incidents since Monday, officials said. Heavy rains lashing Mumbai since Sunday threw rail, air and road traffic out of gear, with several trains and flights being cancelled. (PTI)

Fire brigade team rescued a 54-year-old woman suffering from asthma

Fire brigade team rescued a 54-year-old woman suffering from asthma in the waterlogged Air India Colony.

Toll rises to 31 in Mumbai rain-related incidents

Death toll in Mumbai has increased to 31 due to incessant rain. Around 22 died due to wall collapse in Malad, three in Kalyan, two in a closed car in Malad, after the car drowned near a subway, one lost his life after a compound wall collapse in Mulund, another was electrocuted in Ville Parle and two died drowning in Palghar. 

Flights update: 203 flights cancelled in Mumbai

Around 203 flights have been cancelled in Mumbai due to the heavy downpour. "A total of 203 flights were cancelled at the Mumbai airport due to inclement weather and non-availability of the main runway for operations," PTI quoted an airport official as saying. Besides, another 350-odd flights --both arriving and departing -- were delayed between 28-51 minutes (till 7 pm), as per the live flight tracking website Flightradar24.

Inadequate drain infra a lacuna in Mumbai flood management: CAG

The CAG report tabled in the Legislative Assembly Tuesday has listed lack of adequate drain infrastructure and a delay in updating storm water disposal system as some deficiencies in the existing system for management of flood risk, PTI reported.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report on general and social sector has also observed that drains in Mumbai are adequate only to handle 25 mm rainfall per hour. It further observed that there are numerous obstructions in the larger drains due to siphons and other utility services. It also stated that floodgates have been provided in only three of the 45 outfalls in the drains. (With PTI inputs)

Flights update: 70 domestic arrival, 81 departures cancelled in Mumbai

Around 70 domestic flight arrivals and 81 domestic departures have been cancelled, said the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL).  Earlier, GoAir also sent out an alert for re-schduling of few flight flying from Mumbai. 

Death toll rises to 27 in Mumbai-rain related incidents

Another death has been reported in Mulund after a compound wall collapsed claiming a security guard's life. The incident occured late last night in Madella Town society in Mulund (west). the watchman, identified as Gambhir Kari Singh, was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead before admission, PTI quoted a police official as saying. 

At least 27 people have died in rain-related incidents in Mumbai as heavy rains lashed parts of the city Tuesday. In Malad East, a wall collapsed on hutments early this morning in Kurar’s Pimpripada area, leaving 21 people dead. The death toll is expected to increase as many are feared stuck under debris. In Kalyan, the wall of a school collapsed on an adjoining residential structure, killing three persons. Two men died in a closed car in Malad, after the car drowned near a subway.

Maha CM Fadnavis announces inquiry into Malad wall collapse

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Tuesday has announced a high-level inquiry into the wall collapse tragedy at Malad’s Pimpripada. The announcement came after allegations of irregularities in an ongoing slum redevelopment project were levelled. With overnight rains paralysing normal life in Mumbai, Deputy Speaker Vijay Auti allowed the Opposition to move an adjournment motion over it. Nationalist Congress Party’s Chhagan Bhujbal, a former Deputy Chief Minister, had raised the allegation during the discussion while targeting the Shiv Sena-led Mumbai municipality and the government for the city’s flooding crisis.

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A waterlogged street following heavy rains at Kurla in Mumbai,on Tuesday. (Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar)

Mumbai-Amritsar Express stop do to railway tracks were flooded Waterlogged railway tracks after heavy monsoon rain, at Sion Station in Mumbai on Tuesday. (Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar)

A waterlogged street following heavy rains at Kurla in Mumbai,on Tuesday. (Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar)

Flights update: Mumbai airport main runway likely to be operational by Thursday

The main runway of the mumbai airport is likely to remain shut for flight operations till thursday as it will take additional time to remove the SpiceJet plane that was stuck partially on the runway on Monday,according to officials, PTI reported. A team of engineers and technicians from Air India has started work to remove the stuck plane with the Disabled Aircraft Recovery Kit (DARK). The kit, used to remove stuck aircraft, is only available with the national carrier, PTI quoted an Air India spokesperson as saying. "A 150-metre long ramp is being prepared to enable push the aircraft out of the grassy area. Air India's disable aircraft removal kit has been mobilised," an official of the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said.

The officials said the aircraft is likely to removed by Thursday and then the runway would be fully operational. "Currently, secondary runway is in use. Our team is trying their best to bring the main runway back into operation and this may take up to 48 hours," MIAL said in a tweet. Mumbai airport has two runways and the second one can handle only up to 35 aircraft movements per hour while the main runway can handle 48 plane movements every hour, according to MIAL. The city's airport is the second busiest in the country, handling around 1,000 arrivals and departures per day. The airport in Delhi is the busiest as it handles around 1,300 movements per day. (With PTI inputs)

BEST buses stranded due to heavy rain in Mumbai

Due to waterclogging in Mumbai, BEST buses were staranded at many places, rendered defective. Around 179 buses have become non-functional, of which 74 have been removed from the road. Transportation Engineering officers attended these today and on Monday. 

BEST buses stranded due to heavy rain in Mumbai

Due to waterclogging in Mumbai, BEST buses were staranded at many places, rendered defective. Around 179 buses have become non-functional, of which 74 have been removed from the road. Transportation Engineering officers attended these today and on Monday. 

Would ask BMC to frame policy for time-bound cleaning of drains: Maha CM Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he would ask the state civic body to frame a "time-bound" policy for cleaning of drains, PTI reported. Speaking in the state Assembly, he, however, blamed encroachment along and over the channels and rivers which carry floodwaters out to the sea."I will ask the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) to come out with a time-bound policy for cleaning and maintenance of nullas," PTI quoted Fadnavis as saying.

"There are two major issues - encroachment over nullas and growth of mangroves at the mouth of nullas where they enter the sea, which obstructs a smooth flow of water," he said. "I have seen several times that MLAs approach me requesting to go slow on anti-encroachment drive. Those who live in such unauthorized structures are also facing threat to their life," the chief minister said. "Mouths of nullas are covered with mangroves, and if we open them up, it will ensure a smooth flow of water into the sea. We can work out some solution for it," he said.

Planning, execution ensures water levels on railway tracks at manageable levels

There has been unprecedented heavy rainfall highest (1000mm+)in the decade in Vasai- Virar - Nallasopara area of WR Mumbai Suburban in the past 72 hours. The meticulous planing and execution of work at ground level has ensured that the water levels on railway tracks are at manageble levels and trains are running without any disruption over WR. Various pre-monsoon works such as installation of Automatic Rain Gauge at stations, lifting of tracks, drone survey of whole area to ascertain the flow of stormwater has helped in keeping the water level on tracks between100-200mm on all lines. The water level on tracks in year 2018 was above 450mm though the rainfall was half (550mm) than that in last 72 hrs and train operation had to be suspended. The GM, DRM, PHODs and officers are personally monitoring the situation and leading from the front to keep the lifeline on track.

Last year, heavy rains on July 9, 2018 led to waterlogging up to 400mm on various locations between Vasai and Virar. All suburban services were suspended between Bhayander and Virar from 10 am the next day. All long distance train operations to and fro Mumbai were suspended. Shatabdi Express(Dn) was held up at Nalasopara station and Vadodara express(Up) between Nalasopara and Virar. Passengers had to be evacuated with the help of NDRF. 23 long distance trains were held up at various stations. 35 long distance trains were cancelled, 25 short terminated and 17 were diverted. In addition to suspension of traffic between Bhayander and Virar, 150 suburban services had to be cancelled while 50 services were delayed. The traffic between Bhayander and Virar could be resumed only by 6 am on July 11 and there were no trains for, Naigaon, Vasai, Nalasopara and Virar for 20 hours.

No amount of man made infrastructure can take care of these conditions

This June, Mumbai has already received 505 mm of rain out of which 485 mm was in just four days i.e between June 28 and July 1 noon. This definitely is a cause for worry and has a lot to do with climate change.  Any city in the world crumbles and life stops for days, just like when there’s snowfall in New York or heavy rain in any European city. I can’t think of any large metropolitan coastal city in the world which gets as much and as severe torrential rain (on specific days in monsoon and that too at times coinciding with high tide) as Mumbai. 

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Glimpse of passengers stranded at Mumbai Domestic airport; 54 flights diverted, 52 cancelled

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NCP leader house flooded, takes jibe at Sena

NCP leader Nawab Malik took a jibe at Shiv Sena after his own residence in nearby Kurla area got flooded. Sharing images of the inside of his house on LBS Road with he himself standing in knee-deep water, the NCP leader tweeted, "Karun Dakhavla (We did it (what has been promised))," tagging Uddhav Thackeray, the office of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the BMC.

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Here is list of dead, injured in Mumbai-rain related incidents

Malad wall collapse update: Death toll rises to 21, seven were children

At least 21 people have died in the Mallad wall collapse incident, raising the death toll to 26 overall. In Kalyan, the wall of a school collapsed on an adjoining residential structure, killing three persons. Two men died in a closed car in Malad, after the car drowned near a subway.

Flight at Mumbai airport fails to apply brakes on time, none hurt

A flight which shot the runway at Mumbai airport late on Monday night flying in from Jaipur, failed to brake in time and ended up in the muck at around 11.45 pm. None have been hurt on board the Spicjet flight SG6237. 

(Express photo)

India Inc hails selfless cops, duty-bound newspaper boys

Industralists took to social media to display their emotions about the heavy rains lashing the megapolis for the past four days. JSW Group chairman Sajjan Jindal compared the Mumbai police superheroes of Avengers and said a remarkable dedication to the city! Year after year, they do everything in their power to keep Mumbai safe and moving.While, Anand Mahindra, the chairman of the diversified Mahindra group hailhe newspaper delivery boys who continue with their morning jobs despite everything else collapsing.

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Partial submerged tracks in Nerul (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Heavy rains overnight made the city come to a standstill. It affected the movement of several trains, flights and vehicles on the road. Over 50 flights have been diverted and Railway tracks are being flooded at Kurla and Panvel Junction Railway Station and Tilak Nagar station, due to overflowing Tilaknagar and Brahamanwadi nullah. The Central Railway has also decided to run local trains in limited corridors due to water logging in the railway tracks.

Waterlogging on Mumbai streets due to heavy rains; flight, train schedule hit

Flights are ‘severely delayed and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) is unable to say how long the delays may be. The Mumbai airport is normal as per the spokesperson but no flights are taking off and passengers are waiting inside the airport.

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Navi Mumbai: A view of the waterlogged Konkan Bhavan, which houses government offices, after heavy Monsoon rains at CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai, Monday, July 1, 2019. (Source: PTI Photo)

As of now, the Eastern Express highway is clear between Thane and Vikhroli. But Santacruz Chembur Link Road is inaccessible, the entry point is inundated. The Western Express Highway is also inundated at Kalanagar Air India colony road. Saki Naka junction and Hindmata are also waterlogged.

Mumbai Rains: IMD predicts heavy to extremely heavy rainfall 

The Meteorological Department had warned of “extremely heavy” rainfall in adjoining areas of Thane and Palghar on July 2, 4 and 5. Pune IMD official Anupam Kashyapi said, “In coming 4-5 days monsoon will be vigorous in Maharashtra, especially northern parts of the state, it will also be active in the southern parts of the state. Konkan Goa will get widespread rain during these 5 days.” PHOTOS | Heavy rains lash Mumbai, bring city to halt

Mumbai Rains: People face trouble commuting

People affected by the heavy rainfall are expressing their helplessness in different ways. Passengers in Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto (12290) thronged to the lone chai selling stall and started hoarding food packets anticipating further delay in train schedules. The train has halted at Summit Station (since 5.56 am) near Nashik for over 2.5 hours and doesn’t have its own pantry. It was scheduled to reach CSMT Station by 8.55 am. There is no confirmation on when the train will start, said the ticket collector.

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A man rides a motorcycle through a water-logged street during heavy rains in Mumbai (REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas)

“My office has declared a half day since a high tide has been announced but I won’t be able to make it. I have been trying to keep track of news but am not able to access it,” said Ajinkya Gawande, an employee of a construction company in Thane.