Heavy Downpour brings Mumbai to a standstill
The certainties of life: death, taxes and torrential rainfall in Mumbai.
Incessant rainfalls for almost 30 hours brought India’s financial capital to a standstill. To make matters worse a high tide hit the city on Friday water logging many areas as the downpour shattered almost a decade old record for maximum rainfall in June.
Water logging had an immediate impact on the transportation systems as the cancellation of local train services left thousands of commuters stranded.The downpour also led to disruption of vehicular traffic and delayed flight operations with three services being diverted.
The city has recieved 35 mm rain in just 5 hours since Friday morning. The rainfall has led to water logging in several parts of the city, with areas like Kurla, Sion, Matunga, Hindmata, Jogeshwari and Andheri being the worst affected. The downpours inundated low-lying areas and also caused water-logging of railway tracks.
BMC issues warning
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also issued an alert in view of the high tide (4.47 metres) expected during the day. People were also asked to avoid sea facing roads.