As heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its suburbs last night and early this morning, parts of the city witnessed waterlogging and heavy traffic causing inconvenience to the residents. Pictures tweeted by news agency ANI showed the roads of Sion flooded with water. People were seen wading through knee-deep water in Andheri as well.
The local train services, considered as the lifeline of Mumbai, were running normally on both the Central Railway and Western Railway routes, authorities said.
Buses on some routes, however, were diverted due to waterlogging in several low-lying areas.
The city received an average 95.81 mm rainfall in the 24 hour period ending at 8 am on Tuesday, while the eastern and western suburbs recorded 115.09 mm and 116.73 mm rainfall, respectively, during the same period, officials said.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday predicted “moderate to heavy rainfall” for Mumbai and its suburbs and the possibility of “very heavy to extremely heavy” showers at isolated places for the next few days.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in the city in the wake of the alert issued by the Weather Department, officials said.
Newly sworn-in Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has directed the authorities in Mumbai and neighbouring districts to be on alert and keep a vigil.
“In the wake of heavy rainfall in various parts of the state, CM Eknath Shinde held a discussion with Chief Secretary Manukumar Srivastava along with directing all the related districts’ guardian secretaries to keep a vigil and control the situation,” his office tweeted.