Mumbai Flooded After Record Rainfall, Schools Shut, Trains Disrupted

Mumbai faced significant disruptions on Sunday due to heavy rainfall, resulting in widespread waterlogging, extensive traffic jams, and disruptions to local train services. The city received over 300mm of rainfall in various areas during a six-hour period from 1 am to 7 am, particularly affecting low-lying areas and leading to waterlogging.

Significant rainfall was recorded in Chakala (278mm), Aarey (259mm), Powai (314mm), Sewri (186mm), and Dharavi (165mm). The heavy rainfall caused disruptions to suburban train services with waterlogging affecting tracks between Wadala and GTB stations.

In response to the situation, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) declared a holiday for the first session in all BMC-run, government, and private schools and colleges in Mumbai. Areas experiencing waterlogging included Worli, Buntara Bhavan in Kurla East, the King’s Circle area, Dadar, and Vidyavihar Railway Station.

Train and flight operations in the city were also disrupted due to the adverse conditions. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) deployed teams in various parts of Maharashtra to respond to any flood-like situations.

Central Railway reported delays in suburban and Harbour Line trains due to waterlogging, affecting stations such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Kurla-Vikhroli, and Bhandup. The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) also reported numerous bus diversions due to waterlogging. The BMC urged residents to remain calm and avoid spreading rumors. The civic body stated that all BMC departments are actively working in the affected areas. The IMD has predicted more showers throughout the day.

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