The megapolis has been getting heavy rains since last evening and the Met department today warned of heavier downpour over the next 24 hours.
Mumbai had received highest-ever recorded rainfall of 1588 mm in 48 hours. In many cases the social media team asked the person to send their contact details on direct mail. The entire Sion-Parel belt had gone underwater, making residents jittery. A tree fell on the busy Saat Rasta road, affecting road traffic. The services remained suspended till Tuesday night, railway officials said.
Jet Airways India canceled 12 flights from Mumbai citing weather conditions, but Mumbai airport said it was was functioning normally.
Heavy rains in Mumbai have also been predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, although the rain on Wednesday is expected to be lighter than that of Tuesday. "Business is down by over 50% as consumers are not there", says Tarun Jain, 38 a distributor for Gemini oil for South Mumbai from Masjid Bunder. "Flights were delayed by around 20 minutes", said Veena Chiplunkar, a spokeswoman for the Mumbai International Airport, to NDTV. Rail, road and air connectivity has been badly hit due to waterlogging. Authorities, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), and disaster management teams are monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar and Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti were monitoring the situation in Mumbai from the main police control room, the official said. Efforts are on to start traffic on 3 lines (except UP fast line) at Bandra as soon as possible by attending the points, " the Western Railway tweeted. Ganpati mandals also extended help to the stranded people by offering them water and snacks and some of the restaurants offered discounts.
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Traffic police official Amitesh Kumar said: "There are several stranded cars and two-wheelers on the roads that we are clearing".
A heavy rainfall alert has also been issued for parts of Maharashtra's neighboring states of Goa and Gujarat. It is a serious situation. A K Srivastava, head of the climate monitoring unit, IMD Pune said. On Tuesday, the weather office has registered 300mm of rain, which is ten times more than the usual.
"The quantum of rainfall was extremely high".
The movement of the suburban trains was severely obstructed as well.
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