Wednesday 18 May 2022
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Mumbai rains: Local train and BEST services stop


woke up to heavy rain, with the city receiving more than 230 mm of rain int he last 10 hours. The rain continued through the night which led to waterlogging.

Early morning visuals in news agency showed people wading through waist-deep in several low-lying areas of Mumbai.

Buses, shops and other structures are submerged in water.

The downpour has led to disruption of transport services in Mumbai. The BEST bus services have been diverted on 56 routes in various parts of the city and its suburbs due to waterlogging, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

The local train service, considered lifeline of Mumbai, has also been affected. According to the BMC, trains on central, western and harbour lines have completely stopped.

The weather department has sounded a red alert for two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) for extremely heavy rain in Mumbai.

According to BMC, city received 140.5 mm rain from 8 am on 3 August to 3 am on 4 August. The Eastern and Western Suburbs recorded 84.77 mm and 79.27 mm of rainfall respectively.

BMC issued suitable warnings and advisories to all coastal security agencies and management department. It has also appealed to all offices and other establishments, except emergency services, to remain shut today.

The city corporation has also put on alert brigade, pumping stations and operating staff at temporarily installed 299 pumping machines.

The IMD said that extremely heavy rain will occur at isolated places in Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts of Maharashtra on 4 August and 5 August.

Ratnagiri is also expected to receive extremely heavy rain on 4 August, while Paldhar district is expected to receive extremely heavy rain on 5 August.

Landslide In Malad Disrupts Traffic

A huge landslide of a hillock along the Western Express Highway at Malad blocked south-bound road traffic.

Traffic police officials said, “Landslide on the south bound Western Express Highway near Malad has caused traffic jam. South bound western express highway has been closed and both side vehicular movement is being operated on north bound side.

” A commuter Jigar Shah said, “It’s bad.. have spent 40 mins in the morning to pass that area when I had started at around 7.30am.. plus it’s raining badly. One good thing is #trafficcops are deployed and doing work full night and working even in rains and all difficulties.”


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