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Heavy Rain, Flooding In Mumbai, Local Trains Stopped, Offices Shut – NDTV

Mumbai’s streets regularly flood during the monsoon, which runs from June until September or October

Several areas in Mumbai have been flooded after extremely heavy rain in through the night and this morning. The local trains, a lifeline for Mumbai’s 20 million residents, have been stopped and all offices in the city, except emergency services will stay closed today. The financial capital and a few neighbouring district are on red alert for “extremely heavy rainfall” today and tomorrow. Apart from Mumbai, the alert has been issued for Thane, Pune, Raigad and Ratnagiri districts of Maharashtra.

Here are the top 10 updates on Mumbai rain:

  1. Mumbai’s civic body has said that except for essential services, all other offices in the city will be closed today. “Owing to the heavy rainfall since last night and forecasts of extremely heavy rain by @IndiaMetDep all offices and establishments in Mumbai, except emergency services, will remain shut,” the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) tweeted.

  2. The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) bus services have been diverted in several routes in various parts of Mumbai and the suburbs, the civic body said.

  3. 26 places have reported flooding. Roads in areas such as Goregaon, King Circle, Hindmata, Dadar, Shivaji Chowk, Shell Colony, Kurla ST Depot, Bandra Talkies, Sion Road have been flooded. There has also been a landslide on the Western Express Highway in Malad area.

  4. With a high tide expected at 12:47 pm, the civic body has alerted to all concerned departments and also to people to not go near any beach or low-lying areas. Tides waves of around 4.51 meters have been predicted due to the heavy rain.

  5. Mumbai city received 230.06 mm rain from 8 am on Monday to 6 am today. The eastern and western suburbs recorded 162.83 and 162.28 mm of rain respectively.

  6. The Met office has also warned of strong winds off north Maharashtra coast today, tomorrow and on Thursday.

  7. Mumbai’s streets regularly flood during the monsoon, which runs from June until September or October, and which provides India with most of its annual rainfall.

  8. Almost every monsoon, Mumbai struggles to cope with the chaos caused by the rain. The suburban trains are affected and low-lying areas get flooded.

  9. Last year, the heaviest rain in a decade in Mumbai caused a number of deaths and triggered massive rail, road and air transport disruptions.

  10. Much of Mumbai’s mangrove cover, which is extremely effective in helping to drain water, has been destroyed over the past decade to make way for high-rises.