Mumbai rains: City braces for another day of hardship as Shiv Sena blames nature

Mumbai: After incessant downpour threw life out of gear, disrupting road, rail and air traffic, Mumbai braced for another day of hardships even as let up in rains on Tuesday night is expected to bring some relief on Wednesday. Schools and colleges have been asked to remain shut by authorities amid indications of a fresh spell of heavy showers in the megapolis.

Buses ply waterlogged streets in Mumbai on Tuesday.PTI

Buses ply waterlogged streets in Mumbai on Tuesday.PTI

The city and its suburbs virtually have a public holiday on Wednesday with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra
Fadnavis advising people to stay back home unless there is an emergency. "However, the essential services and critical staff in the government will be on duty on Wednesday," Fadnavis said.

Suburban train services on Western Railways resumed around midnight and those on the Central Railway are still struggling to come on track. Hundreds of people are still stranded at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus waiting for the journey back home.

Mumbai's suburban train network, which carries over 65 lakh passengers a day, is the lifeline of the financial capital and halting of the services had led to severe inconvenience to many office goers who had braved the heavy rains to make it to their offices on Tuesday. Mumbai received 298 mm of rainfall over a period of nine hours on Tuesday, nine times more rain than the average, an IMD official said. The spell of heavy rains is likely to continue on Wednesday as well, he added.

Traffic on the Eastern and Western Express highways, the two key arterial roads in Mumbai, which was crawling at a
snail's pace on Tuesday, is slowly returning to normalcy. Navy helicopters are on standby in view of heavy rains
in Mumbai and its adjoining areas. Flood rescue teams and divers are also ready for deployment, a Navy spokesperson had said.

Torrential rains had pounded the metropolis throughout the day on Tuesday. The city gauged a whopping 298 mm of
rainfall, the highest in a day in August since 1997. Three persons, including two children were killed in Mumbai while a 32-year-old woman and a teenage girl died in rain-related incidents in Thane on Tuesday, police had said.

Even as the city was pummelled by heavy rains, people in Mumbai opened their homes and hearts to strangers, offering assistance to those stranded in the rains that brought the megapolis to its knees. In many offices, employees stayed back in the night as they could not catch trains and buses for getting home.

Under fire over the shoddy infrastructure in Mumbai, Shiv Sena which heads the municipal corporation, on Wednesday sought to blame rain gods for the 'natural calamity' befalling Mumbaikars. Meanwhile, heavy rains continued in Marathwada region while rivers in adjoining Raigad district were in full spate.

Updated Date: Aug 30, 2017 09:55 AM

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