After a day of heavy rainfall in Mumbai, the intensity of rainfall reduced on Thursday morning. Although the devastating situation continued to prevail, with the lessening of the rainfall, transport services got resumed. Bombay High court, however, suspended all proceedings.
On Wednesday, Mumbai and its local areas had experienced an unremitting heavy downpour, accompanied by a strong gush of wind that resulted in water logging, hindrance in public transport, and had caused massive damage to buildings.
Due to the Covid-19 lockdown situation, the public transport of Mumbai and its adjoining areas had already been under restriction and operating in a limited capacity, the waterlogging on roads and rail tracks further added to the disruption.
The torrential rain started at 8.30 in the morning and lasted till 5.30 pm on Wednesday. According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai and parts of it recorded rainfall above 20cms. Colaba recorded 22.9cms whereas Santacruz recorded 8.8 cms. IMD also recorded that the winds had touched the speed of 107 km/hr by Wednesday evening.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had looked down onto the situation and urged the BMC to stay on high alert and in connection with the police, railway authorities NDRF (The National Disaster Response Force) and the health departments to make sure that the general public does not face any kind of issues, as heavy rainfall had also been forecasted for Thursday. 16 rescue teams had been pre-positioned in Maharashtra, 5 in Mumbai, 4 in Kolhapur, 2 in Sangli and 1 each in Satara, Thane, Palgar, Nagpur and Raigad. PM Narendra Modi also assured Thackeray with all possible support. The Mumbai police issued advisories and cautioned people from stepping out of their houses in the persisting situation.
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Disastrous Situation Various Parts of Mumbai
South Mumbai areas were at its worst. These areas were severely destructed as heavy rains not only caused in waterlogging but also resulted in the falling of trees and crushing of vehicles. Nearly 150 incidents of tree collapse were reported.
The devastating rainfall not only damaged the roads, vehicles, and buildings but also caused the death of Jagdish Soni, a 38-year-old man, in Anand Nagar locality in Dahisar. Soni worked at a tile manufacturing unit and was on his way to work, just when he got electrocuted.
Roads in Mantralaya, the secretariat of Maharashtra government in South Mumbai were immersed in rainwater and numerous trees were uprooted due to the strong winds. Chembur, Hindmata, Wadala, Chowpatty, Madanpura, Byculla, Worli, and Parel were some of the places that witnessed the same.
The Palghar police saved 22 people who had been stranded amid the heavy rains. These people who had been rescued included a 5-year-old girl, who remained on the top of a tree for more than 4hours.
Railway Service Suspended
The railway sources informed that the overhead wires and equipment were critically damaged near Charni Road station due to the falling of a tree and a fire caused by sparks. The NDRF rescued about 150 passengers from a local train marooned amidst heavy rain, in between Masjid Bunder and Byculla stations.
“Due to heavy rain and water logging, the train services on the harbour line between CSMT-Vashi and on the Mian line between CSMT-Kurla have been suspended”, said Shivaji Sutar, Chief Spokesperson of the Central Railway. Although the Western Railway also announced the suspension of all local trains between Churchgate and Mumbai Central stations temporarily, Sumit Thakur, Chief Spokesperson, Western Railway said that the local train activities were normal between Churchgate and Dahanu Rd. However, amidst this situation, the Central Railway as well as the Western Railway had been operating about 350 trains especially for essential and emergency workers.
Bus Service Affected
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport’s (BEST) bus services were also affected. The services were diverted on more than 30 routes, including two locations in Thane. The heavy rainfall also flooded the JJ hospital, causing a difficult situation for the doctors and forcing them to shift the patients and equipment.
“Formation of low pressure area on Tuesday in North Bay had resulted into strengthening of lower level southerly winds over Arabian Sea. It had brought heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in and around Mumbai”, said KS Hosalikar, Scientist E, IMD.
Heavy Rainfall in Other Places Include
Dahanu in Palghar – over 350mm, Thane – over 159mm (Mira Rd) and 169mm (Bhayander), Mumbai Metropolitan Region – over 120mm, Mahabaleshwar – 320mm, Koynanagar, and Navaja – over 230mm.
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