With the Met department issuing warning of heavy rains in Mumbai over the next few hours, the Devendra Fadnavis government has ordered offices to allow employees to leave early today.

Mumbai, which saw rains bringing the city down to its knees in 2005, is set to receive heavy showers in the next 48 hours. The disaster management team and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are on alert and water logging has been reported in several parts of the city. The BMC helpline number for emergencies is 1916.

The deluge apparently turned deadly late Tuesday night after three people were killed in two separate incidents, both in Vikhroli. One person was killed after a building collapsed in Vikhroli’s Varsha Nagar while two more were reported killed in Surya Nagar in the same suburb. It wasn’t immediately clear if the building collapse was directly connected to the day’s heavy rainfall.

Central and Western Railway authorities said that since 7 pm water has started to recede but for the train operations to start water level should be only at least 100 mm above railway tracks while it is still 300 mm above railway tracks.

Railway authorities are keeping a close watch to see when train operations can be started.

To improve traffic, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has issued instructions to suspend toll collection at all Mumbai entry points and sea link till rain situation gets back to normal.

The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said as a result of the floods and gusty winds, 200 trees and branches fell down in the city while 70 short circuits were reported.

BMC has cancelled leaves of all employees and has asked them to join back.The NDRF and Navy said its helicopters, divers have been kept on standby to meet any eventuality.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde has announced that all schools and colleges in Mumbai will remain closed tomorrow.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out an appeal to Mumbaikars urging them to stay safe and take all essential precautions in the wake of the heavy rain.

Due to heavy rain, Mumbai’s locals have come to a grinding halt as Harbour Line (from CST to Navi Mumbai) and Central Line (from CST to Kasara and Karjat) have been shut. Western Line is partially operational, with trains running between Virar to Andheri while the Andheri to Churchgate section is closed.

The Western Railway’s public relations office (PRO) has issued a status on trains: Train numbers 12951, 12953, 12921, 59023, 12955 and 12961 will depart an hour late ex Mumbai than their scheduled departure.

Operations at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport have resumed after being suspended temporarily owing to low visibility. The Indian Navy has kept five flood rescue teams and two diving teams ready to render assistance at different locations across Mumbai.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has also issued advisory on Mumbai rains, asking Mumbaikars to turn off power and gas connections and not touch open wires.

Maharashtra government has issued orders to all offices to allow their employees to leave early in the wake of Met department’s warning on heavy rains. Following incessant rain, Milan and Andheri subways have been shut due to water-logging. Traffic snarls have been reported from Andheri, Wakola, Film City junction, Santacruz and Worli Sea Link.

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According to the weatherman, Mumbai could receive heavy showers similar to the July 2005 rains(READ: WHAT HAPPENED IN JULY 2005 )

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted alerts from disaster management’s office in Mumbai informing Mumbaikars that the administration is “fully geared and monitoring situation” following heavy rains in Mumbai.

Chief Minister Fadnavis later visited the state disaster management control room to monitor its preparedness in the wake of flood-like situation in Mumbai, and other parts of the state.”I have spoken with BMC’s disaster management cell and Mumbai Police over hotline. Mantralaya staff have been told to leave early,” Devendra Fadnavis said.

Heavy rainfall expected in next 24 hours. All advised to stay indoors and not venture out unless required 1/2 #CMOMaharashtra#Dev_Fadnavis

– Disaster Management

“There is a low pressure system over Madhya Pradesh and it is likely to intensify in next 24 hours. This well marked low pressure system is causing heavy to very heavy rainfall over Mumbai and adjoining areas. Rains will continue over the next  24 hours,” Dr A K Srivastava, head of the climate monitoring unit, IMD Pune, told India Today.

No flooding in the leafy lane next to my office but the picturesque scene is a mirage. Only adjective to describe the rain is ‘relentless’.. pic.twitter.com/6OeQq3vSCE

– anand mahindra

Source : http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/mumbai-rain-heavy-downpour-next-24-hours/1/1036147.html

 

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