Mumbai rains as it happened: Downpour claimed five lives on Tuesday, searches for seven missing underway

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Mumbai rains as it happened: Downpour claimed five lives on Tuesday, searches for seven missing underway
  • 20:55 (IST)

    Mumbai Police conducts search operation for seven missing

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    NCP slams Shiv Sena, BJP over Tuesday's rain fury

    Opposition leader Dhananjay Munde on Wednesday held the Shiv Sena-led Brihammumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and BJP responsible for Mumbai coming to a standstill on Tuesday.

    He questioned Uddhav Thackeray earlier claim that the city was ready to handle monsoon this year. Saying that it was the citizens who came forward to help each other instead of the authorities, he claimed that Mumbaikars have lost faith in the BMC.

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    Weather forecast for Thursday

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    How Wednesday unfolded

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    Heavy rain prediction affects railway schedules 

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    Dr Deepak Amarapurkar's body not found yet: BMC dispels rumours, says rescue work is still on

    Several rumours are doing the rounds that Dr Deepak Amarapurkar's body has been found, but none of them are true. Neither the Bombay Hospital nor the BMC has confirmed the news. BMC officials, however, told Firstpost that the search for him is still underway.

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    Advisory from Western Railways

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    Changes and cancellations in express trains due to heavy rains

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    NDRF tweets

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    NDRF sends 10 teams to Mumbai

    National Disaster Response Force mobilises 10 teams to Mumbai in view of extremely heavy rains for last 2 days leading to water-logging in several parts of city, reports ANI

  • 17:23 (IST)

    What to do when your city gets flooded

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    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addresses press: Lauds BMC, says 'even if you spend crores, you can't bring Mumbai above sea level'

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today lauded the BMC saying that it worked very well on Tuesday when heavy rains brought life to a standstill in Mumbai.

    "Even if you spend crores, you can't bring Mumbai above sea level," he said, adding that he was only answerable to Mumbaikars and not the Opposition."

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    32-year-old man drowns in Powai lake

    ANI reported that a 32-year-old man drowned in Powai lake on Tuesday. Firstpost could not verify whether it was due to the incessant rains that lashed the city on Tuesday night. However, ANI reported that he was rushed to Mumbai's Rajawadi Hospital and was declared brought dead. ADR has been registered.

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    Dr Amarapurkar told his driver he would walk home; rescue work is underway

    Dr Amarapurkar was on his way home to Ameya Cooperative Housing Society on Appasaheb Marathe Marg, Prabhadevi, when he found himself stuck in traffic.

    The gastroenterologist told his driver he would walk the rest of the distance home as it was a short journey. Members of his family, worried that the doctor hadn't returned, showed his photograph to people along his route home. 

    A few said he had fallen into a manhole. His umbrella, that was found near the manhole presently being searched, offers the only indication that he was at that location. BMC officials told Firstpost that divers will attempt to trace an underground route from the manhole to a large storm water drain in Worli. 

    His spoke last with his wife on Tuesday night, and he told her he would be home in ten minutes but has not turned up since.

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    WATCH: Search underway for missing doctor

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    Dr Amarapurkar spoke to his wife last night before going missing

    The last conversation that he had was with his wife. However, eyewitness report that the doctor had fallen into the open man hole near the Elphinston Road station. Search operation with the help of fire brigade and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation personnel is on. 

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    Renowned doctor at Bombay Hospital missing: Search operation underway at Elphinstone Road

    Several people have gone missing after Tuesday's heavy rainfall, including a Mumbai doctor, Deepak Amarapurkar who was suspected to have fallen in the open man hole outside the IndiaBulls centre. As the water receded on Wednesday, authorities have ramped up the search operations. 

    58-year-old Amarapurkar had left for home on Tuesday evening by his car but due to water logging on the road he asked his driver to drop him near the Elphinstone Road station and started walking towards his residence.

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    Minister appeals stuck Mumbaikars to use his official bungalow

    Maharashtra Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat has appealed to people stranded in south Mumbai for unavailability of transport following heavy rains, to take shelter in his official residence for time being. In his appeal made through Facebook, the BJP leader, who hails from Pune, said that people stranded in areas such as Fort, and at Mantralaya can rest or stay in his official residence 'Dnyaneshwari', located at Malabar Hill, till the situation shows improvement.

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    38-year-old lawyers body found inside car in Sion | CNN-News18

    Thirty-eight-year-old lawyers body found inside his car. According to initial reports, he died of suffocation while waiting for the water level to subside.

    The water in the area has subsided, and traffic is normal at the moment. Total death toll is expected to be 7-8, but no official numbers as yet, the news channel said on.

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    Dr Deepak Amarapurkar went missing last night

    Dr. Deepak N Amarapurkar went missing on Tuesday night after falling down in a manhole. According to, fire and rescue officials are waiting for the divers. The rescue work has been going on for the past four hours. 

    The manhole in Lower Parel is the second that the workers are searching. 

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    38-year-old lawyers body found inside car in Sion | CNN-News18

    Thirty-eight-year-old lawyers body found inside his car. According to initial reports, he died of suffocation while waiting for the water level to subside.

    The water in the area has subsided, and traffic is normal at the moment. Total death toll is expected to be 7-8, but no official numbers as yet, the news channel said on.

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    IMD didn’t give exact inputs, says BMC chief | Times Now

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    Meanwhile... traffic jams on roads and subways at Andheri, Santacruz and Khar continue to cause hardships to motorist

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    Main runway of Mumbai airport being repaired, secondary runway in use

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    Rains resume in parts of western suburbs; heavy rains in Juhu, Andheri

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    List of trains cancelled or short-terminated due to rains

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    Central railway starts harbour line services between Kurla and Panvel. Services between CSMT and Kalyan start at 1.30pm

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    BMC says 231 pumps functional now to put city back on its feet

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    BMC gets down to restoring order in rain-ravaged Mumbai

    Cars and other vehicles left behind by their owners due to flooding of streets, running out of fuel and breakdowns are causing traffic snarls and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is tackling this issue on a priority basis. The police have taken note of cars and other vehicles left behind and offered free towing service. "If your car is out of fuel/stranded Dial 100 or 8454999999 or tweet us for free towing till the nearest fuel pump or garage," the Mumbai police tweeted.

    Also, the civic personnel are removing trees and branches which have fallen on roads and housing colonies, said the officer. The civic body is making arrangements for `visarjan' (immersion) of Lord Ganesh idols in the next few days, the officer said.

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    Mumbai rains subside for now; garbage-strewn roads pose fresh problem

    As copious rains lashed Mumbai on Tuesday, the immediate worry was to curtail water logging and help citizens stranded across various parts of the city. As the water slowly receded by Wednesday, a fresh problem was staring in the face. Garbage and a deluge of polythene bags had come floating from society landfills, open garbage bins and litter strewn across roadsides. Besides, the strong winds uprooted several trees which need to be cleared up. As a result the roads, though waterless, are in a slushy mess right now. And the municpal body is attempting to clean up the city before the rain resumes. 

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    Watch: Firstpost in conversation with Vikram Thapa, taking a reality check after Mumbai deluge

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    NDRF teams put on high alert, will carry out recce, confidence building exercise

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    In Pictures: The difference between cloud cover over Mumbai in last 12 hours

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    Uddhav Thackeray to chair meet at Mayor's residence at 3 pm

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will chair a meet at Mumbai Mayor's residence at around 3 pm. Thackeray is expected to review the situation in the city and the monsoon preparedness of the municipal body. He will also address the media at around 4.00 pm.

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    In early morning showers, Santa Cruz recorded just 3 mm rain

    Mumbai suburbs received light showers in the morning today, however, in the past three hours between 8:30 am and 11:30 am, Santa Cruz has only recorded 3 mm of rain, according to Skymet Weater. This is a huge drop from yesterday. Right now the clouds have sudsided and its bright and sunny in most parts of Western Suburbs

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    Indian Navy Western Command serving food to citizens near CST station

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    Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport is running 55 extra buses to ferry people to Mumbai, Kalyan and Dombivli from the satellite city.

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    16 trains on Northern Railways cancelled due to heavy rains in Maharashtra

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    Mumbai rain aftermath: As water recedes slowly, tree branches, garbage strewn across streets adds to traffic snarls

    Watch visuals from the area Kohinoor Technical Institute in Dadar. 

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    Northbound traffic on Sion flyover stuck in jam due to ongoing repair work

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    Mumbai doctor goes missing in Dadar's Matkar area

    A doctor went missing after falling into an open manhole on Dadar's Matkar Road. A missing complaint has been registered at Dadar police station on the account of an eyewitness. Police said that the eyewitness tried to help him but could not get hold of him. The missing person has been identified as Dr Amarapurkar of Bombay hospital. Since the police is yet to recover a body, they are saying that they cannot say whether Amarapurkar is dead. His umbrella was found near the manhole, News 18 reported.

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    Watch visuals from near Deepak Cinema which was completely flooded on Tuesday

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    Several trains rescheduled due to Mumbai rains

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    Situation back to normal, except slight delay due to water logging around Matunga: Western railway CPRO, Ticonderoga Bhakar

    Western Railway CPRO Ticonderoga Bhakar said that the situation on the Western Line was back to normal, despite Tuesday's unusually heavy rainfall. He said that all trains were operating normally, however, a delay of 15 to 20 minutes was reproted becuase some speed restrictyions have been put in place near Matunga as tracks remain water logged.

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    Watch: A first person account of wading through water-logged streets in Lower Parel on Tuesday

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    Watch: Auto rickshaws return to Mumbai streets after Tuesday's deluge

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    Watch: Part of the road caves in after rainfal in Royal Palms

Torrential rains lashed Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and other parts of Maharashtra for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, severely affecting normal life and paralysing the lifelines — local train and bus services — in the state capital and leading the state government and civic authorities to sound a high alert. Two people were killed in a landslide in Vikhroli's Surya Nagar early on Sunday, according to ANI. This comes after two cases of drowning were also reported in Thane, taking the death toll to four. Expressing concern over the rain situation in Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people of the state to "stay safe" and take all essential precautions while speaking to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to review the developments. "The centre assures all possible support to the Maharashtra government in mitigating the situation due to heavy rains in parts of the state," Modi said in a series of tweets. Union home minister Rajnath Singh also talked to Fadnavis and took stock of the situation. Between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said Mumbai recorded 102 mm and the suburbs notched a staggering 316 mm rainfall. The IMD has forecast aceheavy to very heavy rains" for Mumbai and entire Konkan region during the next 24 hours owing to a "low pressure" area over south Gujarat-Madhya Pradesh, which was expected to be upgraded to a "deep depression". The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that in one hour, Mumbai recorded a staggering 70 mm rainfall, while it touched 100 mm between 8.30 am. and 1 pm. Till 3 pm, the BMC said Mumbai received 106 mm rainfall in about six hours, while the eastern suburbs got 78.5 mm and the western suburbs notched 85 mm during the same period. The state government has requisitioned the services of five disaster management teams, including three from Pune, and a holiday has been declared for all college and schools on Wednesday, said Education Minister Vinod Tawde. The BMC appealed to people not to step out of their home unless absolutely necessary, while the entire civic force — Mumbai Police, Fire Brigade and other agencies — were on high alert to combat the situation.

 Mumbai rains as it happened: Downpour claimed five lives on Tuesday, searches for seven missing underway

Representational image. PTI

Since Tuesday morning, many parts of Mumbai and suburbs were inundated with up to three to four feet of water on the highways, main and arterial roads, bylanes, housing complexes, railway stations and even the Mumbai Airport. However even with more than 180 trees and half a dozen walls collapsing in different parts of the city, flooding and waterlogging, there were no casualties. Around 6.30 am, the rains triggered a landslide in adjoining Thane district, leading to derailment of 10 coaches of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express but there were no casualties. The torrential rains have hit the immersion ceremonies on the fifth day of the Ganeshotsav on Tuesday, with many marquees deciding to postpone it by two days. Suburban local trains were massively hit with disruption in services due to flooding on the railway tracks at several places. The Central Railway mainline was completely suspended for over four hours, Harbour Line was completely down, the Western Railway worked slowly and erratically, while there were disruptions on the Konkan Railway. Lakhs of commuters including students, were stranded in trains, railway stations or at bus stops. Many failed to reach their destinations and were compelled to return to their homes on foot, walking scores of kilometres from various points in the city. All the gurudwaras, several Hindu and Jain temples, Ganeshotsav marquees, mosques and dargahs, churches, Parsi organisations, NGOs, charitable institutions, housing complexes and individuals made arrangements to offer food and beverages to the weary and stranded commuters, and arrangements to rest for the night. Much later in the evening, activists of the state's ruling Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party and others got into the act and started organising relief efforts for the stranded millions. Waterlogging was reported from Dahisar, Borivali, Kandivali, Malad, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Vile Parle, Santacruz, Bandra, Matunga, Dadar, Elphinstone, Mumbai Central, Mazagaon, Lalbaug, Parel, Sion, Wadala, Kurla, Bhandup and other areas. The rains affected normal operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport with flights getting delayed by around 35 minutes mainly on account of low visibility. Seven incoming flights were made to go around till landing permission was granted while three flights were diverted, though operations continued. Domestic and international passengers bound for the airport to catch their flights faced huge problems in reaching on time due to massive traffic snarls on the highways and main roads. Mumbai IMD head KS Hosalikar said that in three hours since 8.30 am, Mumbai suburbs recorded a whopping 86 mm of rains, while Colaba recorded around 16 mm of rains. He said the IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy rains for at least the next 24 hours all over Maharashtra, especially over coastal North Konkan, Mumbai and other parts of the state. The IMD warning says "intense precipitation likely to occur over Mumbai city, suburbs, Dahanu and Raigad during the latter part today (Tuesday)". In Mumbai areas which recorded the heaviest rains are: Matunga 253 mm, Parel 230 mm, Wadala 260mm, Bandra 210 mm, Vile Parle and Santacruz A212 mm, Worli -235, and Kurla 208 mm, said a BMC Disaster Control official.

Updated Date: Aug 30, 2017 21:42:54 IST