Mumbai Police have set up a hotline number for extending help to the stranded vehicles which were stuck since yesterday due to floods caused by the heavy rains in the city. On its official Twitter handle, the Mumbai Police said, “Traffic Police sets up hotline to tow stranded vehicles; call 8454999999 for help.” The police is also sharing the traffic updates on its Twitter account. “#Traffic moving slow at the Sion flyover (northbound) due to road repair work #TrafficUpdate,” it tweeted.
It reported that there is less traffic on the roads as many have avoided going to office. Traffic is smooth on the freeway but the Andheri subway is still flooded, as per Times of India. According to PTI report, vehicles coming from Goa and Pune have been advised not to enter the rain-battered Mumbai yesterday as a precautionary measure to avoid a grid-lock situation in the megapolis. Yesterday, the Navi Mumbai Police had issued directives to its traffic wing to send back cars, buses, trucks and other heavy vehicles and not allow them until the traffic situation in Mumbai normalises.
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) August 30, 2017
The IMD Colaba has recorded 110.6 mm rainfall till 5.30 am today while Santacruz observatory measured 328.0 mm, as per The Times of India. Heavy rain yesterday created havoc in Mumbai, disrupting rail, road and air services and threw normal life out of gear. Adjoining areas of the city, like Navi Mumbai and Thane, were also swept by incessant downpour leaving vehicles crawling through waterlogged roads in low-lying areas. The IMD today warned of “extremely heavy rainfall” in next 24 to 48 hours, NDRF, and other rescue teams are kept on standby.
Unprecedented rain caused traffic snarls throughout Mumbai, and subways at Andheri, Santacruz, and Khar were also shut. People were stranded in their offices and others on the road were waded through in waist-high water in parts such as Khar, Kalina, Lalbaug, Dadar and Sion, as per ToI.