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Mumbai rains live: Trains on suburban lines normal, Met dept warns of heavy rains
  • 10:56 (IST)

    Mumbai back to work, train services restored

    A day after heavy downpour and flooding, life in Mumbai was back on track this morning with train services being restored on all the three suburban lines though more rains have been forecast for today.

    Ignoring drizzling, men and women streamed to suburban stations around the sprawling Metro to head for their offices and other places of work which remained shut on Friday.

    However, Maharashtra government has directed all schools and colleges in the city and neighbouring Thane district to remain close today. - PTI

  • 22:17 (IST)

    Schools, colleges in Mumbai to remain shut on Saturday

    Following Meteorological Department's predictions of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, Maharashtra government today announced that all schools and colleges will remain closed on Saturday in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane district.

    "Based on heavy rainfall predictions of IMD, Schools and colleges of Mumbai and Thane will officially remain close tomorrow," state education minister Vinod Tawde told reporters.

  • 19:00 (IST)

    BMC not responsible, says Uddhav Thackeray

    It's the weather gods, not the authorities says Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray seeking to take the blame off the BMC which his party controls. 

    "I won't hold the BMC responsible. Situation was like a cloud burst. This was a huge problem," he said.

    "As per statistics, we have received an average of 15 days rain in 24 hours, and weather systems say won't stop till tomorrow evening," Sena Youth leader Aditya Thackeray said.

  • 18:17 (IST)

    Will get pumps fixed, please stay indoors: BMC Commissioner

    In a press conference this evening, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has urged Mumbaikars to stay indoors and avoid stepping out saying all efforts are being put in to fix pumps that were not working.

    Five to six pumps were not operating. We have got those pumps replaced. The main areas where waterlogging took place are Hidmata, Dadar, Kurla and Matunga," Ajoy Mehta said, urging people to stay away from beaches and from going to Marine Drive.

  • 17:22 (IST)

    Train services between Churchgate and Andheri resume

    Trains on the western route have resumed partially at 4.20 pm this evening bringing relief to several Mumbaikars stranded in the city. On the central route, some trains from Mumbai Central have been rescheduled while those from the Bandra Terminus are running on schedule.

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Helicopters, rescue and medical teams are ready: Navy

    The Indian Navy is on stand by and will move in if necessary, its PRO Capt DK Sharma told news agency ANI this afternoon. 

    "We've already positioned at pre decided places as per standard operating procedures our helicopters, rescue and medical teams are ready. We are in touch with civic authorities, local police and HQ, we will do whatever is possible," Capt Sharma said.

  • 16:47 (IST)

  • 16:41 (IST)

    Mumbai high-tide forecast for the next seven days

  • 16:33 (IST)

    Two dead in Sion-Koliwada

    The incessant rains claimed two deaths today with a five-year-old and a sixty-year-old losing their lives after they were electrocuted. The city's anti-flooding mechanism including the use of heavy pumping machinery failed to prevent water-logging in almost every part of the city including its suburbs.

  • 16:27 (IST)

  • 16:21 (IST)

    Let Anti-Corruption Bureau probe nullah cleaning work: Oppn

    As lakhs of commuters bore the brunt of monsoon woes today, opposition leader in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde sought a probe by ACB into the alleged nullah cleaning scam.

    The rains caused water-logging in almost all low-lying areas of Mumbai and its suburbs including Kurla, Chembur, Tilak Nagar, Andheri, Parel, Lower Parel, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Dombivili.

    "There's a huge scam in pre-monsoon preparedness work including nullah cleaning works. The scam amounts to Rs 4,000 crore in last 10 years," Munde said.

    Where have the 150 crore spent on nullah cleanliness this year gone, Munde added.

    "It is a huge embarrassment that the financial capital comes to a standstill in the very first rains of the season," he said. - PTI

  • 16:00 (IST)

    The Shiv Sena, that runs the BMC, has cancelled its foundation day ceremony scheduled for later this evening.

  • 15:52 (IST)

    With rains showing no signs of stopping, govt puts Navy on standby

    The government has kept Navy divers as well as helicopters on standby in the city in case the monsoon situation worsens. The Met department has warned that rains will continue for the next 48 hours. The city has recieved 35 mm of water in just five hours this morning.

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Flight operations delayed by 30 mins, airport operational    

    Flight operations at the city airport were delayed by 30 minutes and three services had to be diverted due to incessant rain that has been lashing since late last evening.

    "The airport is operational but the flights are delayed by 30 minutes," a spokesperson for the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) said.

    One flight each of Indigo and Jet Airways had to be diverted to Ahmedabad, while a Go Air flight had to be sent to Vadodara, she said.

    The delays are due to "ATC congestion" as the rain has affected flight timings.

    As for the visibility, the spokesperson said, it is at a comfortable 800-1,000 metres at present which can support flight operations.

    A visibility of less than 500 metres can affect flight operations, she said.

    The CSIA, which includes both the domestic as well as international terminals, is one of the busiest in the country as it serves the financial capital. - PTI

  • 15:39 (IST)

    Here's the tide forecast for Mumbai over the next one week

  • 15:29 (IST)

  • 15:01 (IST)

    Met Dept warns of heavy rains over the next 48 hours

    The Met department has warned of heavy rainfall and strong winds in Mumbai and the coastal Konkan region over the next two days. Mumbai recorded around 170 mm of rainfall till this morning; its suburbs recorded around 155 mm rainfall.

  • 14:21 (IST)

    Narendra Patil, CPRO, Central Railways, "We have 17 trains stranded between Kalyan and CST."

  • 13:58 (IST)

  • 13:53 (IST)

    Even the newly cemented roads have not passed the Mumbai rains muster. Most of the speedbumps on the Andheri Kurla road seem to have eroded. 

  • 13:40 (IST)

    As a precaution electricity supply has been shut off in certain parts of Mumbai.

  • 13:37 (IST)

    Bombay HC shut due to heavy rains

    The Bombay High Court has declared holiday today due to heavy rains that are lashing the city and its suburbs. All courts in Mumbai including the HC will remain shut for the day due to heavy rains, officials said. Normal life in Mumbai was today thrown out of gear as torrential rains battered the city and its suburbs resulting in cancellation of local train services leaving thousands of commuters stranded. PTI

  • 13:27 (IST)

    Please stay away from the sea!

  • 13:26 (IST)

    Your alternate mode of transport, just in case. 

  • 13:23 (IST)

    Here are most affected areas in Mumbai.

  • 13:19 (IST)

    We are concerned about the high tide; For now the focus in on draining water from the roads, says Maharashtra CM Devandra Fadnavis.

  • 13:17 (IST)

    Additional police force: Rapid action force deployed in Mumbai to help those stranded in the rains. 

  • 13:12 (IST)

    All flights delayed by 30 minutes, say Airports Officials.

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Two minutes silence for the real heros of this monsoon downpour. They have no option of going back home. #respect

  • 13:09 (IST)

    Empty roads on the Sea Link. 

  • 12:57 (IST)

    Long distance trains from and to Mumbai have canceled until further notice.

  • 12:53 (IST)

    Sharat Chandrayan, CPRO , Western Railway

    "We have a contingency plan, if the trains cannot continue past Mumbai Central, we will reverse the trains back. We are in direct contact with the BMC who are trying their best to reduce the waterlogging on the tracks."

  • 12:50 (IST)

    Heavy showers again, flights delayed: Indigo (6E445) and Jet Airways (9W466) diverted to Ahmedabad : NDTV

  • 12:49 (IST)

    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis meets Chief Secretary at BMC Disaster Management Office in Mumbai. 

  • 12:38 (IST)

    There will be no let up says MET department, intermittent rain/ shower will occur in the city and suburbs for the next 48 hours.

  • 12:34 (IST)

    Matunga Road, Mumbai. Pic: Swanand Warang 

  • 12:30 (IST)

    View of a half submerged Tulsi Pipe Road in Matunga. Pic: Swanand Warang 

  • 12:24 (IST)

    Monsoon updates( from 8 AM to 11 AM ): Rainfall; City 24.65 mm, ES – 25.58 mm & WS – 20.48 mm. Tree  Fallen; City 31, ES 10 & WS 32. Pumps in operations -158: Indian Express

  • 12:16 (IST)

    Not all Mumbai residents are happy though. Some are questioning the competency and preparation of the BMC ahead of the rains.

  • 12:10 (IST)

    Heavy rains disrupt life in Mumbai, cause traffic jams; train services suspended. See the pictures here.

  • 12:03 (IST)

    Mumbai's Twitterati find humour depite being stuck due to the heavy rains

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Chief Justice, Bombay High Court declares holiday on accounts of heavy rain. However, this applies only to the High Court not the whole of Mumbai.

  • 11:40 (IST)

    Mumbai Rains High tide alert at 1:30pm. BMC appeals to people not to go out unless absolutely urgent.

  • 11:38 (IST)

    Commuters across Mumbai having difficulty trying to get transport. BEST bus services badly hit, autos unavailable.

     A BEST official said: "We are still trying to run as many buses as we can as the railway services are majorly disrupted. Citizens will depend on BEST bus as alternate mode of transport." 

  • 11:25 (IST)

    More Mumbai households are reporting flooding. 

  • 11:16 (IST)

    Mumbai services are working hard to ensure the city is up and running and back to normal as soon as possible. 

  • 11:14 (IST)

    Most of the city is waterlogged, and traffic-logged. Trains services have also been severely hit. 

  • 11:02 (IST)

    On the plus side, Mumbai's smog and pollution is at an all time low today. 

  • 11:01 (IST)

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After heavy showers lashed the city through Thursday night, Mumbai came to a standstill on Friday morning.

 Mumbai rains live: Trains on suburban lines normal, Met dept warns of heavy rains

AFP

Areas prone to waterlogging like Khar Subway, Hindmata junction and the Kings Circle area, were flooded this morning. Massive traffic jams were reported on the city's Eastern Express highway and traffic jams were reported in many other areas of the city where there was waterlogging.

BMC has appealed to people not to leave houses. Heavy rain and deluge in Mumbai. An alert has issued for high tide at 2.30 pm.

Incessant rains lashing Mumbai since last night disrupted normal life resulting in suspension of train services on the busy Central, Harbour and Western lines due to water-logging of tracks and in low-lying areas.

Thousands of commuters, bound for offices and other work places, were caught unaware at suburban stations around the city as railways announced suspension of services.

While Central line connects Mumbai CST to far-flung areas like Kasara, Badlapur, Ambernath etc., Harbour Line connects CST to Panvel. Western line starts from Churchgate and is recently extended up to Dahanu.

In total, around 70-80 lakh people travel daily by local trains across all three lines, which are called as lifeline of the city.

Railway sources said it is difficult to say by when the services would be resumed. The city has been battered by heavy rains since last night.

Meanwhile, rain services on the Western line were also cancelled. The railways have advised commuters to avoid travel in view of the situation unless it is very urgent.

"Suburban services are affected due to heavy rains and water-logging in several areas in Mumbai Central and Matunga. It is advised to all that commuters may travel only in case of emergency," Western Railway stated in a release.

On the city's Western Railways, trains were operational only up to Andheri, according to reports.

In light of the heavy rainfall, the BMC has requested schools to remain shut today.

From 8 am to 8 pm on Thursday, the city received 60.34 mm rainfall, while the eastern and western suburbs received 57.48 mm and 64.92 mm rainfall, respectively, the Indian Express reports.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) director said that the expected rainfall might be heavy to very heavy for the next 48 hours on Wednesday.

“Rainfall is expected for the next two days, intermediate sometime heavy” said V K Rajeev Director of IMD, according to a report by Mid-Day.

Uptil 17 June, the city has recorded 236 mm of rain and Mumbai was still below the halfway mark of monthly average rain of 523 mm, according to SkyMet.

(With PTI Updates)

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Updated Date: Jun 20, 2015 11:14:12 IST