Mumbai Rains: Heavy overnight rainfall causes flooding, disruption of train service

Updated: 23 September, 2020 11:36 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Intense rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours as visuals from Wednesday morning show commuters struggling through waterlogged roads.

Waterlogging at Kings Circle | Pics Pradeep Dhivar
Waterlogging at Kings Circle | Pics Pradeep Dhivar

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.

mumbai rainsFlooding 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.

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.

waterloggingWaterlogging 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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First Published: 23 September, 2020 09:42 IST

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