Mumbai Rain: Offices, local trains to remain shut amid flooding and heaving rainfall

Mumbai's civic body has notified that except for essential services all other offices shall remain closed in the city today.

Mumbai has been experiencing extreme rainfall and flooding through the night till this morning. The local trains have now stopped and offices in the city shall remain closed. Except for emergency services all other workplaces will not open today. The weather department has put Mumbai and some other districts on red alert and “Extremely Heavy Rainfall ” for today and tomorrow. Thane, Pune, Raigad, Ratnagiri districts of Maharashtra have been put on high alert.

Updates on Mumbai Rain:

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) bus services have been diverted in several routes in various parts of Mumbai and the suburbs, the BMC said.

Mumbai’s civic body has said that except for essential services, all other offices in the city will be closed today. “Owing to the heavy rainfall since last night and forecasts of extremely heavy rain by @IndiaMetDep all offices and establishments in Mumbai, except emergency services, will remain shut,” the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) tweeted.

26 places have reported flooding. Roads in areas such as Goregaon, King Circle, Hindmata, Dadar, Shivaji Chowk, Shell Colony, Kurla ST Depot, Bandra Talkies, Sion Road have been flooded. There has also been a landslide on the Western Express Highway in Malad area.

With a high tide expected at 12:47 pm, the civic body has alerted to all concerned departments and also to people to not go near any beach or low-lying areas. Tides waves of around 4.51 meters have been predicted due to the heavy rain.

According to the MET department, Mumbai city received 230.06 mm rain from 8 am on Monday to 6 am today. The eastern and western suburbs recorded 162.83 and 162.28 mm of rain respectively.

The Met office has also warned of strong winds off north Maharashtra coast tomday, tomorrow and on Thursday.

Mumbai receives its annual rainfall in the month of June till september. Every year heavy rainfall and its mismanagement results in chaos and loss of livelihood as well as property for people.

Last year, the heaviest rain in a decade in Mumbai caused a number of deaths and triggered massive rail, road and air transport disruptions.

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

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