Non-stop rains in Mumbai have killed 22, shut government offices, schools, delayed flights, and stranded people-- and it’s not over yet
- The Maharashtra government declared a public holiday on June 2, for schools and government offices
Mumbaiand Western suburbs experienced heavy rains overnight and Versova and Andheri are water logged.
- Over 50 flights have been cancelled and 50 others are diverted from the city.
- Weather forecaster Skymet said that there could be flooding in the city between July 3-5 as the city might see 200 mm of rainfall.
The Maharashtra government declared a public holiday on June 2, for schools and government offices, since if rains continue, the city might experience flooding as it so often does in monsoons. Apart from online warnings, Kalyan and Dombivili municipal corporations have gone offline and into the public with speakers on autorickshaws playing a message asking people to stay safe and at home.
#Mumbairains Would like to announce and confirm that tomm 2nd July 2019 has been declared as holiday ,for all schoo… https://t.co/PrAxYHDHZQ— ashish shelar (@ShelarAshish) 1562014190000
Apart from a bevy of volunteers, all of city’s emergency services are chipping in to aid stranded people --- like Fire Brigade, National Disaster Response Force (NRDF) too are in high alert mode, in case the city floods like it did in 2006. The worst flood of the city had then claimed as many as 5,000 people.
In Navi Mumbai and Western suburbs too experienced heavy rains overnight. Western express highway is flooded with Versova and Andheri are water logged already. Low lying areas of Dadar and Sion are also water-logged.
The train service which is referred to as ‘Mumbai’s lifeline’, has stopped early morning today as all the three lines—Western, Central and Harbour lines have been shut down. In fact, around 11:52 am, the city is expecting a high tide of 4.5 meters by 11:52 am.
Over 50 flights from the Mumbai airport have been cancelled and over 50 others are diverted due to heavy rains, say reports.
While the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted intermittent to moderate rains this week, private weather forecaster Skymet sounded off an alarm saying that there could be flooding in the city between July 3 to 5 as it expects 200 mm or more of rainfall.
Mumbai must brace for floods this week, says a private weather forecaster
5,000 IT employees in Chennai are working from home because offices have run out of water