Receiving the record rainfall, Mumbai was paralysed on Tuesday, with most roads getting clogged and local train services, Mumbai's lifeline, virtually coming to a standstill. Mumbai received 375 mm of rainfall on Monday, making it the maximum July downpour that the city has seen over a 24-hour period, breaking the record of 1974
The Maharashtra government declared a precautionary public holiday on Tuesday in Mumbai, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis requesting people to stay indoors unless they have absolutely important work outside
The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) declared a holiday for all schools and colleges, and the state government expanded it to include other parts of coastal Konkan region
Road traffic also continued to be sluggish for the second consecutive day in the city and the suburbs as many areas were waterlogged and the subways in Andheri, Jogeshwari, Vile Parle and Dahisar flooded
The Central Railway (CR) suspended services at several spots between Mumbai-Thane and suburban train services were disrupted on the Western Railway due to incessant record rain, officials said
Long-distance trains from different parts of India, expected to reach Mumbai, have also been stranded at various locations en route, details of which were awaited
The Indian Navy deployed rubber boats and a team of naval divers from INS Tanaji, armed with lifebouys, life-jackets and food packets, rescued around 1,000 people stranded in Kranti Nagar slums of Kurla.
Since dawn, heavy rain continued to lash the city, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts with the IMD forecasting more rains till Friday, besides continuing downpour in Nashik and parts of Western Maharashtra, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg
Domestic and international flight operations were hit at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport due to heavy rains coupled with a SpiceJet aircraft with 167 passengers overshooting the runway and getting stuck in soft mud. A 150-metre long ramp was being built to push the stranded aircraft and clear the runway, but it was expected to take another 48 hours till the alternative (shorter) runway is operational.
As parts of Mumbai experienced a lull in rains for a few hours this afternoon, thousands of harried people rushed out of their homes to buy stocks of vegetables, fruits, groceries, milk from local markets, despite the higher rates being charged.
In the morning, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had declared a holiday for all schools and colleges, and the state government expanded it to include other parts of coastal Konkan region. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has appealed to people not to step out unless absolutely necessary in view of the continued downpour
Hours after a BMC team evacuated about 1,000 residents of two Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) buildings in Chandivli when cracks appeared in an internal road of the settlement, the pathway and a portion of the adjoining private plot caved in. Civic sources said nobody was injured in the incident. The settlement, which includes 38 buildings, accommodates people who were rehabilitated by the Forest Department more than 10 years ago from the slums in Kandivali, Malad and Goregaon
In the incident in Kalyan, the wall of an Urdu school behind Durgai Fort collapsed around 1 am, killing three people in the hutments adjacent. The wall of National Urdu School, located opposite Durgadi fort in Kalyan(West), fell on the nearby hutments, thereby killing two women and a three-year-old boy. A 16-year-old girl was also injured in the accident, who was later rescued by neighbours
A wall collapsed on hutments in Pimpripada area of Malad East due to heavy rainfall. A senior NDRF official told reporters at the site that his team searched the debris with advanced equipment and also by canine search for bodies. The official said that around 2 am, a compound wall in Pimpripada collapsed, trapping people living in shanties adjacent to the wall
Heavy rains also saw a joint evacuation operation in suburban Kurla with the NDRF, Navy and fire brigade shifting some 1,000 people to temporary shelters, a Navy official said. A Navy team encountered extreme waterlogging and abandoned vehicles, preventing their own vehicles from reaching the site
Mumbai recorded over 375 mm of rainfall, the second highest rainfall on a single day in July in the past 45 years on Monday, triggering memories of the July 26, 2005 tragedy, when Mumbai faced its worst floods. It was a nightmare for Mumbaikars on Tuesday as waterloggin and clogged rivers stopped the city in its tracks and the downpour caused over 30 deaths in 24 hours. The pictures tell the story
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