Water, Water and Water everywhere is the situation of capital of Maharashtra since last two days. Mumbai has witnessed a rainfall of 229.81 mm in last 24 hours and 849.81 mm since last two days as compared to 488.00 mm last year during the same time. Due to such heavy rains in just two days, Mumbai is currently the rainiest place in the country. Incessant rains that began on Sunday continued to slash the city on Monday as well, thus hampering morning routine of school and office goers by slowing down the traffic and delaying trains. Low lying areas of the city including parts of Goregaon, Andheri, Kandivali, Sion, Malad, Khar, Wadala, Five gardens, Chembur and Kurla witnessed heavy water logging of waist deep water at Postal colony in Chembur and knee length water logging was reported in Vile Parle east near Milan Subway, followed by disruption in rail and road traffic.
Speaking about effect of water logging on trains, Central Railways spokesperson, Sunil Udai said, “Water logging is reported at Sion station but trains were running on all the three lines; Mainline, Harbour and Trans-harbour of the Central Railway with a delay of 5-7 minutes.”
Trains were delayed because of low visibility due to heavy rains. Regretting the inconvenience caused because of delays, Sanjay Mishra, divisional railway manager said, “Local trains are running late by 5-10 minutes due to technical problems at the Bandra station. Inconvenience is regretted.”
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Heavy rains and water logging led to traffic snarls at Khar, Malad and Andheri Subway which made authorities divert routes at Sion, Powai, Chembur, Milan Subway and Santacruz. To ensure smooth traffic flow, especially, during peak hours, Traffic Police made arrangements on the Western Express Highway, SV road and Link road in Western Suburbs. More than 2000 constables and 750 wardens were ordered to be out on roads on Monday as per instructions given to Personnel of Department to be prepared owing to mega projects such as Metro construction.
“Commuters are suggested to keep a check on Twitter and radio channels as we will be communicating about the diversions.” Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissionaire of Traffic Police said.
Mumbai rains continue to battle the city and have claimed 5 lives till now in rain related accidents. Among those who have lost their lives to rains, one was a 13 year old boy who was killed when a wall of his house collapsed at Wadol village in Ambernath taluka of Thane around 2:15 am. His parents were injured, another 15 year old boy lost his life by falling into an open pit in suburbs of Malad. Another incident of a tree falling near Azad maidan at 6pm on Sunday was reported which claimed 2 lives of Parshuram Bastin (74) and Rajendra Sangh (64) who were declared dead in GT Hospital where they were rushed along with the other three who were injured. Since then 10 cases of falling down of trees have been reported and another incident of collapsing of an under construction building early morning around 4:45 am on Monday in Wadala is reported, fortunately there were no injuries but the accident left 7 cars damaged.
Santosh Kadam, in-charge of Regional Disaster Management Cell said, “A 65-feet compound wall collapsed during morning hours, damaging vehicles, a two – wheeler and 2 four wheelers. The RDMC and fire brigade were on site with one emergency tender and a rescue vehicle. No casualty was reported.”
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Ensuring Mumbaikars that Mumbai Police is always at their service and is well-equipped to face the rains, Mumbai police tweeted, “The showers are heavy but so is our ‘bandobast’ on the streets to ‘be there’ for Mumbaikars. We are #AlwaysUpForDuty to help you reach your destination with a little care and caution from you during your journey.”
The showers are heavy but so is our ‘bandobast’ on the streets to ‘be there’ for Mumbaikars. We are #AlwaysUpForDuty to help you reach your destination with a little care & caution from you during your journey #RoadSafety #MumbaiRains pic.twitter.com/KFOgI4BTLv
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 25, 2018
Regarding the temperature, though the Sunday showers brought a relief in temperature but humidity level continue to stay high. At the time of reporting, the cloud halted pouring water but they still appear dense to afraid us for more heavy rains soon.