Mumbai Flooded by Record Rainfall, Disrupting Transport and Daily Life

Mumbai was brought to a standstill on Monday morning by torrential rainfall. Several areas received over 300 mm of rainfall in just six hours, causing widespread flooding. The heavy downpour continued throughout the day, inundating many low-lying areas and severely impacting vehicular movement. Local train services were also severely affected due to waterlogging on the tracks, leading to delays and suspensions.

To address the crisis, authorities took swift action. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde assured the public late on Monday afternoon, stating that traffic had resumed on all roads and senior BMC officials were present at all waterlogging-prone spots in the city. The State Disaster Management Authority, NDRF, and BMC were on high alert. Traffic was running smoothly on the Eastern and Western highways, and all railway lines were operational. NDRF teams had reached all three coastal districts in the state. The Army, Navy, and Air Force were also on standby.

The Central Railway, after experiencing disruptions at Nahur and Chunabhatti stations on the Harbour Line, resumed service on Monday afternoon. Central Railway CPRO Swapnil Dhanraj Nila confirmed that both mainline and harbour line services were proceeding as per schedule. Additional RPF and commercial department personnel were deployed to manage crowds and prevent any incidents.

While Central Railway services resumed, local media reports indicated that several trains from Thane to Karjat and Kasara had been cancelled. Numerous fast trains to Ambernath and Kalyan were also running 15-20 minutes behind schedule. Western Railways also reported delays of up to 10 minutes, but services were running smoothly.

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