People were relieved after rains drenched Mumbai after a spell of hot weather conditions, affecting the suburban train services on western and central lines. The trains were apparently running 15 to 20 minutes late.
During the past 24 hours, Colaba in south Mumbai received 15.8 mm rainfall, while Santacruz weather station recorded 61 mm downpour.
“We expect good rainfall in the next 48 hours,” said VK Rajiv, director, Indian Meteorological Department, Mumbai chapter.
The Western Railway express trains were cancelled due to water-logging, while Central Railway trains were suspended between Kurla and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) after tracks got submerged in the rain water between Sion and Kurla.
Meanwhile, suburban trains services were held up for nearly 10 minutes, while CST services were also hit due to the heavy rains and running 15 to 20 minutes late after tracks submerged between Sion and Kurla, according to a statement by the Central Railway.
What’s more, people also took to social media to report the situation across Mumbai. #MumbaiRains was the top trend on Twitter in India as users shared photographs and travel details for commuters. Even the Twitter handles of Mumbai’s Western and Central Railway gave regular train updates.
According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation disaster management control room, there was a traffic jam on Western Express Highway. Some BEST buses were diverted on some routes, including Chembur and Matunga. Palghar District Collector Abhijit Bhangar declared a holiday in schools and other educational institutions on account of heavy rains.
Heavy rain was also reported in Safala region paralysing normal life, said Palghar disaster management control room. Also several low-lying areas were reported to be water-logged.