Mumbai Rains: Heavy downpour is expected to lash the financial capital of India today as schools and colleges in the maximum city will remain closed.
Mumbai Rains: Heavy downpour is expected to lash the financial capital of India today as schools and colleges in the maximum city will remain closed, according to reports. India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at few places with extremely heavy rainfall in Raigad district adjoining Mumbai in next 24 hours. Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde tweeted saying, schools are instructed to remain close on Wednesday for safety due to mixed predictions. He also said that this holiday would be compensated in Diwali. Yesterday, heavy rains occurred disrupting vehicular traffic movement and train services and flight operations. As the visibility dropped below 550 metres due to the downpour, runway operations at the Mumbai airport were suspended for a brief period during which some flights were diverted to nearby airports. “Till 5 on Tuesday evening, our weather station in South Mumbai has recorded 28.71 mm rainfall. The eastern and western suburbs have recorded 28.93 mm and 25.11 mm rainfall, respectively,” said the official.
On August 29, Torrential rain accompanied by strong winds had pummelled the financial capital of the country, disrupting rail, road and air services, uprooting trees, swamping homes, and bringing the megapolis and satellite towns to their knees. Mumbai had received 331 mm rainfall in 24 hours, paralysing normal life in the metropolis. Several people were stuck in their offices and on railway stations for more than 12 hours as suburban train services were suspended after tracks were submerged following heavy rains.
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On August 29, Thousands of vehicles were stranded on arterial roads in Lower Parel, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Khar West, Ghatkopar, Sion and Hindmata areas that were under knee to waist deep water for several hours, many having broken down Trains were running late or stopped on all three suburban railway lines–Central, North and Harbour lines–as tracks were submerged at several places. Flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport were disrupted. Due to strong winds and downpour, six to seven flights had to do go arounds while landing, while four to some were diverted to nearby airports, mainly Ahmedabad.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has blamed India Meteorological Department and BEST buses for the floods in the city following heavy downpour in August, Times Now reported on Tuesday. BMC’s disaster management department has prepared a report which contains lapses of various agencies in tackling the strong rains. In the report, BMC has blamed the flood was cauused due to inadequate warnings from BMC. It has also said that BEST had also failed to remove the defunct buses from water-logged roads, the report says. The report, however, has given a clean chit to BMC saying it had taken enough measures.