With parts of Mumbai getting over 300mm rain, many areas in the city and suburbs were water-logged
MUMBAI: As the skies opened up on Monday night and Tuesday morning, parts of the city received 300mm of rain, the second highest for a day in August in a decade. The downpour caused road and rail disruptions and tragedy, with three persons dead—two in a chawl collapse in Vakola and one by electrocution in Thane—and a 5-yearold child reported missing.
Proving the Met department’s forecast of heavy rain for Mumbai correct, parts of Dadar, Worli and Malabar Hill got 300mm of rainfall.
At around 7.30am, boulders and soil came crashing down on the arterial Western Express Highway in Kandivli East, but no motorist or pedestrian was injured in the landslide. Vehicular traffic was, however, affected.Train services on all three lines were hampered, and BEST had to divert buses from 60 routes owing to waterlogging. MIAL, though, said flight operations at Mumbai airport were near-normal.
The state government quickly stepped in to declare a holiday for its offices in the city and suburbs, and the Bombay high court suspended all hearings.
Mumbai’s ever-vulnerable spots were waterlogged again, forcing the police to close the Hindmata flyover, Andheri, Malad and Milan subways, King’s Circle, Shindewadi and Dadar TT to vehicles.