Mumbai Rains: top 5 critical things you should be aware of
Heavy rains lashed Mumbai on Monday and in a shocking reprise of 2005, quickly created a flood-like situation across the city. Along with Mumbai, the adjoining Navi Mumbai and Thane regions were also hit, creating disruption in daily life. The heavy rains resulted in delay of suburban train services and left vehicles crawling through water-logged roads in low-lying areas. Even operations at Mumbai airport were suspended for some time in the afternoon. Authorities have issued a number of guidelines, while the chief minister has asked people to step out only if necessary. Top 5 critical things you should be aware of:
Traffic jams have been reported on all major arterial roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg as the rains continued since last night. Water-logging was reported in low-lying areas of Parel and Sion, reports PTI. A tree has reportedly fallen on the busy Saat Rasta road, affecting road traffic.
2 Air Travel
The city airport has seen many flight disruptions since morning, airport officials told PTI. A report, quoting officials, says that six to seven flights had to do go-arounds while landing, and four to five flights were diverted to nearby airports due to heavy winds and downpour since morning. However, the single runway of the airport was reported functional. ANI reported in the afternoon that operations at the airport had been temporarily suspended.
3. Rail Travel
The trains on all three lines of suburban services were running late. The services on all the three lines – western, central and harbour – were later disrupted, PTI reports. The civic officials said that water-logging has been reported on tracks in Andheri and Bandra.
4 Weather forecast
The Met Department has warned of more “heavy intermittent spells” in the next few hours in Mumbai and its satellite cities. Speaking to PTI, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General K J Ramesh said that the Santacruz weather station, which is in the suburban part of the city, has recorded 8-9 cm (80-90 mm)of rainfall from 8.30 am to nearly 11.30 am.
5 CM’s message
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has visited the State Disaster Management Control (SDMC) room. “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 said. “We have advised (private) offices to allow their employees to leave their for homes early today. We have issued similar orders for government employees,” Fadnavis said.