Mumbai city received the highest rainfall of the season within just 12 hours on Wednesday, besides the highest-ever wind speed. Several roads and areas in south Mumbai reported water-logging and flooding.
Heavy rains and high wind speed shattered Mumbai city on Wednesday. These Mumbai rains were the heaviest since 2005 and local authorities also warned of flash flooding in many areas. Several roads and areas in south Mumbai reported water-logging and flooding. Scores of vehicles, including BEST buses, were stranded on roads, forcing many to abandon them. Mumbai, Raigad, Palghar, Thane regions are expected to receive heavy rains today as well.
The BMC has opened temporary shelters for stranded passengers and others at its schools. Meanwhile, the BMC told that Vihar lake, one of the reservoirs supplying water to Mumbai, overflowed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke to CM Uddhav Thackeray and assured all possible support.
For the second day running, Mumbai received heavy rains, surpassing the annual seasonal average rain of 2,260.4 mm. Within two months and five days of the monsoon, it has so far received 2,319.7 mm rain.
Commuters face issues due to Mumbai Rains
Commuters had to face the brunt with cars getting damaged. Local trains, which are currently used only by essential workers, have been suspended on the harbour line and also on the western line.
The winds were so strong that the iconic signage of the BSE building toppled. The head of the exchange, Ashish Chauhan tweeted they are seeking the help of fire brigade to ensure that the signage doesn’t fall to the ground and injure anyone or create property damage.
According to the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC), 141 trees were uprooted of which 112 were from island city. Rain also disrupted train services due to waterlogging on tracks between CSMT and Masjid railway stations.
About 200 passengers were stranded inside two trains near Masjid Bunder railway station on Wednesday evening as heavy rains caused flooding in tracks. The passengers were evacuated through an inflatable rubber boat by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
A 38-year-old man allegedly died of electrocution in an inundated area in the western suburb of Dahisar. Shambhu Jagdish Soni was found dead on the water- logged streets of Anand Nagar locality by some passersby in the morning hours, an official said. The deceased, who worked at a tile manufacturing unit, was on his way to work in the rains when he got electrocuted.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reviewed the situation in Mumbai and adjoining areas.
“Requesting all to remain indoors. Mumbai is lashed with high velocity winds and extremely heavy rain as we all can witness. I request all, especially journalists trying to cover this to remain safe. Stay put wherever you are,” Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted.