Mumbai: Heavy rains lashed parts of Mumbai on Saturday, as the first monsoon rain in the city also swept away the tall claims made by the Mumbai civic body. The rain brought the city to a halt. Several parts of the city were submerged due to water logging, which also resulted in traffic snarls.
It is a routine for the Mumbaikar, as the monsoon comes with more problems and paralyses Mumbai’s lifeline, the railway. Trains were running late and some flights had been cancelled due to the rain. On Saturday, Mumbai recorded 49 mm of rain since morning.
Several roads in Mumbai witnessed waterlogging. The low lying areas like Hindmata Junction, Kalachawki Junction and Byculla were submerged in water. King’s Circle, Milan Subway and Bandra also witnessed waterlogging.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Deputy Municipal Commissioner Kishore Kshirsagar told reporters that areas like Hindmata, Dharavi and Parel received more than 100 mm rainfall, resulting in water-logging.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday declared the onset of the monsoon over Mumbai, the adjoining Thane-Konkan areas, Ahmednagar, Parbhani and other parts of Maharashtra.
Two persons were killed on Saturday in rain-related incidents in Thane district.
Meanwhile, trains in the suburban section of the Central Railway were running late by 10 to 12 minutes due to the downpour, but there were no cancellations of trains, an official said.
The Central Railway was affected for some time in the morning, as there was waterlogging at Kurla-Sion and Matunga stations. While harbour line trains were delayed, as there was water on tracks from Wadala to Chunabhatti. The train services were restored in the afternoon.
Flights were also affected to due heavy showers on Saturday.
According to an airport official, two flights had to be diverted due to bad weather.
A statement from Jet Airways said, “Due to air traffic congestion, consequent to adverse weather conditions, we are expecting delays of up to 40 minutes on departures and 20 minutes on arrivals at Mumbai airport until 3 pm.”
The BMC has already alerted people and advised them to stay at home in case of severe flooding. Fishermen were warned against going too far out into the sea.
Indian Navy personnel are on standby in parts of Mumbai, which see heavy flooding during the rain, for relief and rescue operations.
The authorities said they are trying their best to avoid flooding by pumping out excess water, but some low-lying areas are always vulnerable.
“Rainfall intensity (in Mumbai) is expected to reduce by tomorrow (Sunday). However, on and off showers will continue during late night and early morning. Rains may take a break for about two to three hours during the late morning but will commence around the afternoon hours,” a BMC official informed.
(With PTI inputs)