Updated: July 2, 2019 8:37:20 am
Heavy rains lashed Mumbai for the fifth consecutive day, resulting in residents being evacuated from low-lying areas. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai and its neighbouring areas will receive “extremely heavy” rainfall over the next 24 to 48 hours. The Maharashtra government has declared a public holiday in Mumbai as a precautionary measure following the overnight downpour.
At least 14 people were killed and several injured after a compound wall collapsed on hutments in Malad East early Tuesday morning. More are feared trapped under the debris.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis advised people to remain indoors today. The incessant rains delayed several trains, flights Monday, while waterlogging was reported from various parts of the city. According to officials, the financial capital has received 540 mm rain in two days, the highest over a two-day period in a decade.
Mumbai rains: Everything you need to know
Mumbai rains: 14 die in wall collapse in Malad
At least 14 people were killed and several injured after a compound wall collapsed due to heavy rains in Malad Tuesday. At around 2 am, a compound wall in Pimpripada of Malad East area collapsed, trapping people living in adjacent shanties under the debris. Rescue operations are underway. At least 34 people have been admitted in hospital with injuries.
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Maharashtra govt declares a public holiday in Mumbai due to rains
In the wake of torrential rainfall in the city, the Devendra Fadnavis government has declared a public holiday on July 2 as a precautionary measure. All schools and colleges will remain closed today. The government ensured that emergency services would remain functional in Mumbai.
“Would like to announce and confirm that tomm 2nd July 2019 has been declared as holiday, for all schools( public & private ) in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, kokan areas ! Stay safe!” Mumbai BJP president Shish Shelar tweeted.
Mumbai weather forecast: Extremely heavy rainfall
The IMD has predicted heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in areas of Mumbai on Tuesday. Palghar and Thane districts are going to receive extremely heavy rainfall.
Private weather agency Skymet said Mumbai is at “serious risk of flooding” between July 3 and 5. “Close to 200 mm or more rain per day is likely during this period, which could hamper normal life,” it said.
Mumbai rains: Flights cancelled, passengers stranded at airport
As rains continue to pound Mumbai, over 50 flights have been diverted from the city. A SpiceJet flight from Jaipur-Mumbai, SG6237, overshot the main runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport close to midnight, halting operations on it. Passengers were evacuated to safety, the Mumbai International Airport Ltd said.
The secondary runway is currently being used, but long delays are being reported at the airport.
Mumbai monsoon: Railway tracks flooded, trains cancelled
Railway tracks at Kurla and Panvel Junction Railway Station and Tilak Nagar station are submerged. A senior official of the Western Railway said that its suburban services are running between Churchgate and Virar even if the frequency may be less. “Frequency may be less between Vasai Road & Virar due to receipt of outstation trains,” he said.
The Central Railway has also decided to run local trains in limited corridors due to water logging on the railway tracks. “Trains will run in CSMT-Andheri – Goregaon section in harbour line. Vashi to Panvel in harbour line. Thane to Vashi and Panvel in trans harbour line. CSMT to Thane Karjat and Khopoli sections,” Sunil Udasi, the chief spokesperson of the Central Railway, said. He said the Central Railway with help of RPF jawans rescued thousands of passengers stranded in the midnight local trains and served them tea, biscuits and other edible items at stations.
Severe waterlogging was reported from several areas in Mumbai. This resulted in heavy traffic jams and slowed down the vehicular movement on the roads. Even railway tracks were waterlogged, resulting in the delay of many trains.
As per BMC, waterlogging complaints were received from 23 locations. Civic officials said over 85 per cent average rainfall for June has taken place in the last four days.
In the past 24 hours, avg 260 mm rain has been recorded in Vasai Virar. The Virat Nagar area in Virar is waterlogged and water is entering houses now. Low lying areas in Nallasopara and Vasai are facing the same issue. In 2018, the area was cut off from Mumbai for three days after the flood and people were marooned with no electricity and no water supply
Mumbai rains: Residents evacuated from low-lying areas
As more rains lash city, people living in the low-lying areas of Kranti Nagar and Sandesh Nagar were evacuated midnight. Over 1500 people have been shifted to nearest BMC schools, according to the civic body officials
BMC, Western Railway urge Mumbaikars to co-operate
“Mumbai, we understand it’s not been an easy Monday, but its also been a rain spell like never before – its the highest in a decade. 550 mm average of the entire month of June has been exceeded in just last 48 hrs. We are truly trying our best. We request a bit of caution and patience,” the BMC tweeted.
It also requested citizens to avoid driving in waterlogged areas until the water is pumped out.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is keeping a close watch, especially on services and arrangements for the safety of commuters and is in constant touch with the senior railway officials, the Western Railway said in a tweet.
(With inputs from Express News Service)
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