Mumbai: Incessant heavy rain since late last night caused waterlogging at several places in Mumbai and threw life in the city out of gear.
Office-goers had to brave traffic jams and diversions on several routes for the best part of the morning. Public transport and suburban railway services were badly hit.
Several parts of the city were flooded. Among them were the area outside the GPO, the Mahalaxmi Temple junction, Dr Annie Besant Road at Worli, Maratha Mandir, St Mary’s School at Byculla, Sleater Road, Sewree, Hindmata, Lilavati Hospital at Bandra, King’s Circle, Jain Society at Sion, Wadala, Juhu, and Andheri. At many of these places, the floodwaters were more than 2 feet deep.
The crucial Andheri and Milan subways in the western suburbs were under almost 3 feet of water and were closed for traffic. Roads leading to the airport witnessed massive traffic jams with waterlogging at several places.
Train services on the Central Railway’s main line and harbour branch were suspended by afternoon as water had accumulated on the tracks from Kurla in Central Mumbai to VT in South Mumbai. Trains on the Western
Railway were running at least 45 minutes late.
Even air traffic was affected. Flights leaving from Mumbai were at least half an hour late, airport officials said, while arrivals were delayed by up to 20 minutes. Visibility at the airport had come down to 600m.
Some schools were closed. Attendance was thin in offices.
The last 24 hours saw Mumbai receive its heaviest spell of rain in the current season. Several areas of the city, including Mulund (242.81mm of rain), Bandra (207.8 mm), Memonwada in South
Mumbai (203.1mm), Byculla (197.3mm), and Chembur (192.7mm), were among the areas that recorded heavy rains since 8.30pm yesterday.
The Mithi river crossed the danger mark of 2.7m and went as high as 2.95m as heavy rains continued to lash the city until late afternoon, prompting authorities to evacuate people in the Kurla area and shift
them to schools nearby. The intensity of rainfall only reduced after 4pm.
Civic officials said a high tide of 3.89m was expected at about 4:15pm. Thankfully, however, the rains had ebbed by then. The weather bureau, however, has forecast heavy rains throughout the day.
The good news in the midst of this chaos was that it also rained quite heavily in the catchment areas of the lakes supplying water to the city. A few more spells of such rain will ease the water crisis in the city.
The Met department recorded 293.1mm rainfall in its Santa Cruz observatory and 152.4mm at Colaba in South Mumbai in the last 30 hours. Santa Cruz recorded 145mm of rain in six hours since 8:30am, a Met official said.
As many as 120 water pumps were deployed by the municipal authorities to clear water from low-lying areas.
Ward officers were deployed particularly along the banks of the Mithi to monitor the situation closely and take prompt measures.
Owing to favourable conditions like a low pressure belt in the Bay of Bengal close to Orissa and a cyclonic circulation
in Gujarat, Mumbai and the northern parts of Maharashtra received good rainfall since last evening, Indian Meteorological Department director K Sathi Devi told the Press Trust of India.
Widespread heavy to very heavy rainfall is also predicted for the Konkan and Goa regions and heavy rains for the Central Maharashtra and Marathwada regions for the next 24 hours, she said.
“Since the low pressure system in Orissa is likely to move towards these (Western India) regions, we have given the warning for heavy to very heavy rains,” she said.
Interior Maharashtra is also expected to get heavy rainfall, she said, adding that Gujarat will receive good rains due to the cyclonic circulation.