Mumbai Rains: Heavy overnight rainfall causes flooding, disruption of train service
Intense rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours as visuals from Wednesday morning show commuters struggling through waterlogged roads.
Heavy rains since Tuesday night caused flooding and water logging in different parts of Mumbai. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted flooding in low-lying areas and issued a yellow alert as rains battered the city and nearby areas.
Intense rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours as visuals from Wednesday morning of commuters struggling through waterlogged roads were captured by mid-day photographers.
Flooding on railway tracks between Kurla and Sion in Mumbai on 23/09/2020 | Pic by: Pradeep Dhivar
"Mumbai rains at 5.30 am in morning on 23 September was recorded with Colaba receiving 122.2mm and Santacruz getting 273.6mm. According to forecast, Mumbai Thane, Palghar and Raigad could experience heavy rainfall in coming 24 hours," India Meteorological Department's Deputy Director General of Meteorology K S Hosalikar posted on Twitter today.
Mumbai rains at 5.30 in Morning, 23 Sept— K S Hosalikar (@Hosalikar_KS) September 23, 2020
Col,Scz cont to recv vry intense spells of rains throughout night.
Radar indicates Mumbai Thane, Palghar, Raigad intense clouds, RF likely to cont.Mumbai, Palghar Thane..hvy rains could be in coming 24 hrs pic.twitter.com/oEcfLld4cy
The Central Railway has suspended trains (for essential workers) between CSMT-Thane/CSMT-Vashi due to waterlogging in Sion-Kurla, Chunabhatti-Kurla and Masjid. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has declared holiday for all offices and establishments, except emergency personnel.
Mumbaikars, train services on Central & Harbour lines have been suspended due to water logging following the heavy rainfall yesterday. However, Western Railway is functioning as usual.#MumbaiRains#MyBMCUpdates— à¤®à¤¾à¤ÂÂÂÂÂà¥ÂÂÂÂÂ Mumbai, à¤ÂÂÂÂÂà¤ªà¤²à¥ÂÂÂÂÂ BMC (@mybmc) September 23, 2020
Waterlogging at Kings Circle. Pic: Pradeep Dhivar
The Chief Justice declared a holiday for Bombay High Court and suspended all hearings in view of heavy overnight rainfall in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Multiple weather systems are responsible for heavy downpour over Mumbai and suburbs. A cyclonic circulation is persisting over the North coast of Maharashtra, the east-west shear zone is also running in the close proximity of Mumbai. The low-pressure area over East Madhya Pradesh has a pull effect on monsoon surge over the west coast.
Mumbai has already surpassed its seasonal rain average in the month of August itself. The monthly average rainfall for Mumbai for the month of September is 341.4 mm. Until today, Mumbai has recorded more than 400 mm of rain.
Rain activities over Mumbai and suburbs will continue until tonight but there will be short break in between which will allow the water to flow away. The last night repeat is not expected
Mumbaikars should not lower their guard, as heavy spells are anticipated during the afternoon, evening, and night hours. Rain activities over Mumbai and suburbs will subside by tomorrow, as the rain activities will shift to the north. Therefore, the next 24 hours are crucial. Mumbaikars are advised to remain indoors until tomorrow morning, to avoid traffic jam and waterlogging..
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