Mumbai heeds warning to stay home after worst rain in 12 years

Mumbai heeds warning to stay home after worst rain in 12 years

Mumbai heeds warning to stay home after worst rain in 12 years

Due to so much of water-logging and alert put by Mumbai Police, the city will be observing a public holiday as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis has advised the people to stay back home untill and unless there is an emergency that occurs. The rainfall recorded by the automatic weather stations between August 27 at 8 am and August 28 at 8 am was 102 mm.

At least five people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents so far, while several others are missing. Mumbai's suburban train network, which carries over 65 lakh passengers a day, is the lifeline of the financial capital and halting of the services had led to inconvenience to many office-goers who had braved the heavy rains to make it to their offices.

Nearly a month's worth of rainfall fell in a single day, with all schools and colleges remaining shut on Wednesday amid forecasts of further heavy downpours.

Meanwhile the Met department has said a "Red" warning has been issued for the next 24 hours for the city and adjoining areas, indicating there could be very heavy rainfall.

He also added that the teams are fully equipped to carry out operations in heavy rains, flood-like situations, in water-logged areas and even during night time.

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The Navy has stepped in to provide succour to commuters stranded in the rains by opening community kitchens and food counters at various locations in the megapolis. "Many of our people didn't go home last night and some left for home this morning".

Mumbai has been experiencing incessant heavy rainfall since Saturday morning, with the Regional Meteorological Centre, Colaba predicting the situation to remain the same for next 24 hours. Traffic snarls have been reported from Andheri, Wakola, Film City junction, Santacruz and Worli Sea Link.

The otherwise efficient Western Railway cut a sorry figure as it was forced to cancel scores of trains and operate its services behind schedule.

India's monsoon season runs from June through September.

People in need of help can dial 100 or send message on the city police's twitter handle for assistance, another official said. About 83 percent of the country received normal to excess showers during the period while rest got deficient rain, it said.

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