Mumbai rains: President Ram Nath Kovind expresses concern, lauds work done by voluntary groups

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New Delhi | Updated: August 29, 2017 8:03:15 PM

With Mumbai and adjoining areas continuing to reel under heavy downpour since last night, President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted today his concern for the affected people of the city.

Mumbai rains, heavy rains in Mumbai, Maharashtra, President Ram Nath KovindGovernment and public agencies taking all steps amid heavy rains, says President Ram Nath Kovind. (ANI)

With Mumbai and adjoining areas continuing to reel under heavy downpour since last night, President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted today his concern for the affected people of the city. “Thoughts with families, especially children, in Mumbai & western parts of the country hit by a heavy downpour,” the president tweeted. The president, while appreciating the work being done by voluntary groups and citizens in helping each other said further, “Govt and public agencies taking all steps amid heavy rains. Glad to note voluntary groups and citizens too coming together.”

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and assured full support from the Centre. “Spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the situation arising due to incessant rain in Mumbai and surrounding areas,” the prime minister tweeted. In another tweet, he said, “Centre assures all possible support to the Government of Maharashtra in mitigating the situation due to heavy rains in parts of the state.” Narendra Modi, while urging the people of Mumbai and nearby areas to stay safe, advised them to take all necessary precautions.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited Disaster Management Control (SDMC) room to take stock of the situation.  “I chaired a review meeting of officials in the disaster management unit to ascertain the situation that has arisen from the heavy rainfall in Mumbai,” Fadnavis was quoted as saying by the PTI.  “I have spoken to BMC officials. The civic body has received several complaints related to tree falling and some related to waterlogging,” he was quoted as saying by the agency further.

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During his interaction wit the media, Devendra Fadnavis also said he had spoken to Mumbai Police Commissioner on steps being taken and was informed that due to waterlogging, traffic has been diverted in about 25 places of the city, PTI added. “We have advised private offices to allow their employees to leave for their homes early today. We have issued similar orders for government employees,” the agency quoted him as saying.

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