8 Jul 2024

Mumbai Deluge: Heavy Rains Cause Widespread Disruptions, Over 50 Flights Cancelled, Sea Waves Expected To Reach 4.4 Meters; See Details

Heavy rains have struck Mumbai and its surrounding areas over the last 24 hours, resulting in extensive waterlogging and disrupted suburban train services. Some regions in the city recorded over 300 mm of rainfall within just six hours, from 1 am to 7 am on Monday.

The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai today, with sea waves expected to reach 4.4 meters at high tide around 2 pm.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and the Konkan belt. Notably, Vikhroli's Veer Savarkar Marg Municipal School and MCMCR Powai recorded the highest rainfall in the last 24 hours, with over 315 mm of precipitation.

The relentless downpour has led to the cancellation of over 50 flights. Several airlines have taken to social media, urging passengers to check their flight status before heading to the airport. 

All schools and colleges closed 

Vsuals across the city depict people wading through waist-deep water and cars lined up bumper to bumper on Mumbai roads. Consequently, all government, private, and municipal schools and colleges have been closed across the city.

Dombivli station witnessed people waiting for trains on submerged tracks. Waterlogging was reported from Worli, Buntara Bhavan in Kurla East, King's Circle area of Mumbai, Dadar, and Vidyavihar Railway Station. Over 30 lakh commuters rely on the suburban local train services in Mumbai and neighboring Thane, Palghar, and Raigad every day.

Train services between Kasara and Titwala stations in Thane district were suspended after soil covered the tracks between Atgaon and Thansit stations, disrupting rail traffic on the busy Kalyan-Kasara route. The tracks were declared unsafe around 6.30 am.

Heavy rain forecasted

Officials have stated that if the rain halts for over two hours, the waterlogging will subside. However, the weather office has forecasted heavy rain throughout the day. The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai today, with sea waves expected to reach 4.4 meters at high tide around 2 pm.

Several trains diverted

Several trains have been diverted, rescheduled, or terminated due to waterlogging between Kalyan and Kasara stations of Mumbai division. The track embankment was damaged due to heavy rainfall and flash floods on the Vasind-Khardi section between 3 am and 6 am, officials informed media.

Currently, several teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are deployed in Thane, Vasai (Palghar), Mahad (Raigad), Chiplun (Ratnagiri), Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Ghatkopar, Kurla, and Sindhudurg. The NDRF rescued 49 people from a waterlogged resort in Maharashtra's Thane and 16 villagers in Palghar. They utilized boats and life jackets to rescue those stranded due to flooding.

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