Heavy rain hits Mumbai, public services are halted, flights are canceled, train services are disrupted, and schools are closed

Heavy rains have battered Mumbai and its neighboring areas in the previous 24 hours, causing widespread flooding and disrupting suburban rail services.

Jul 8, 2024 - 15:02
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Heavy rain hits Mumbai, public services are halted, flights are canceled, train services are disrupted, and schools are closed
Heavy rain hits Mumbai, public services are halted, flights are canceled, train services are disrupted, and schools are closed

Heavy rains have battered Mumbai and its neighboring areas in the previous 24 hours, causing widespread flooding and disrupting suburban rail services. Some parts of the city received more than 300 mm of rain between 1 and 7 a.m. on Monday. 

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange signal for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and the Konkan area. Vikhroli's Veer Savarkar Marg Municipal School and MCMCR Powai had the most rainfall in the previous 24 hours, with over 315 mm recorded.
Every day, about 30 lakh commuters utilize suburban local rail services in Mumbai and surrounding Thane, Palghar, and Raigad.

Over 50 flights have been cancelled due to heavy rain. Several airlines used the X platform to alert customers and encourage them to check flight status before departing for the airport.
Images from around the city showed people wading through waist-deep water and automobiles parked bumper to bumper on Mumbai streets. All public, private, and municipal schools and universities have been closed across the city. 

At Dombivli station, passengers waited for trains on flooded rails. Waterlogging was recorded in Worli, Buntara Bhavan, Kurla East, the King's Circle district of Mumbai, Dadar, and Vidyavihar Railway Stations. 

Train services between Kasara and Titwala stations in Thane district were halted as soil coated the tracks between Atgaon and Thansit stations, slowing rail traffic on the key Kalyan-Kasara line, officials said.
The rails were ruled hazardous at around 6.30 a.m., according to the official.

Officials have stated that if the rain pauses for more than two hours, the waterlogging will diminish, but the weather forecast predicts heavy rain throughout the day. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts severe to very heavy rain in Mumbai today.
Sea waves of 4.4 meters are forecast at high tide around 2 p.m. Waterlogging between Kalyan and Kasara stations in the Mumbai division caused many trains to be diverted, postponed, or canceled.

Heavy downpour and flash floods on the Vasind-Khardi segment between 3 and 6 a.m. damaged the track embankment, according to authorities.Currently, multiple NDRF teams are stationed in Thane, Vasai (Palghar), Mahad (Raigad), Chiplun (Ratnagiri), Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara Ghatkopar, Kurla, and Sindhudurg.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescued 49 people from a flooded resort in Thane, Maharashtra, as well as 16 locals from Palghar. They utilized boats and life jackets to rescue guests who were stuck at the resort due to floods.