Normal Life in Mumbai came to a standstill as heavy monsoon rains lashed the financial capital of the country. Schools have been shut down and road traffic scrambled in the downpour . Massive traffic jams were reported in the parts of the city with water logging.
Train services were suspended for five hours bringing the city to a grinding halt. Suburban train services between CST and Kurla have been indefinitely suspended. Busy areas like Khar Subway, Hidmata Junction and the Kings circle area are already flooded.
Harbour operations are also suspended as the tracks have been waterlogged. The city’s BEST buses altered their routes in view of flooding and heavy water logging. Electricity supply has also stopped in certain regions affecting water supply and telecommunications.
An alert was issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in view of the high tide (4.47 metres) during the day.
The BMC has ordered schools across Mumbai to remain closed in view of rains, while Mumbai University deferred BA, MA and MSC (practicals) examinations.
An Indigo flight and Jet Airways flight had to be diverted to Ahmedabad, while a Go Air flight had to be sent to Vadodara, said a Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport spokesperson.
While Central Railway services remained cancelled, the Western Railway has partially resumed services on Andheri and Virar stretch.
All courts in Mumbai including the HC will remain shut for the day due to heavy rains, officials said. The Bombay High Court declared a holiday on 19 June as lawyers and staff could not turn up.
The city received 60.34mm rainfall from 8am to 8pm on Thursday, while the eastern and western suburbs received 57.48 and 64.92, respectively. Director of Indian meteorological department said that the expected rainfall might be heavy to very heavy for the next 48 hours . “Rainfall is expected for the next two days, intermediate sometime heavy” said VK Rajeev Director of IMD.
Sun-dried Mumbai was glad upon receiving frequent rainfalls since last week but it is turning out to be a menace when the rains seem endless. The natives stuck indoors are spreading warmth tweeting and posting pictures on social media.