Waterlogging at Grant Road on Wednesday. (Express Photo: Laxman Singh)
Mumbai Rains Live Updates: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert in Mumbai and Thane Wednesday, warning of very heavy rains. The Santacruz observatory recorded 286.4mm rainfall in the 24 hours ending 8.30 am Wednesday, the fourth highest daily figure between 1974 and 2020, according to the weather agency. Meanwhile, Santacruz reported 286.4mm rainfall, Colaba 147.8mm, Thane 119.8mm, Ratnagiri 39.5mm and Dhanu 42.1mm.
Transportation services took a hit Wednesday due to the waterlogged roads and tracks. The Central Railways halted local services between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Thane on the main line, and CSMT to Vasi on Harbour line. Central Railways Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Shivaji Sutar said, “Tracks are submerged. It is not safe to run a local train till water level goes down. Looking at safety of commuters, it is decided to shut the services till water recedes.” Two long distance trains (02110, 02109) were cancelled and three (05645, 01301, 02534) were rescheduled.
Due to the situation, Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has appealed to non-essential business establishments to remain closed today. Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh has also requested people to remain indoors.
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Mumbai rains: At the Central Business District of Belapur on Wednesday. (Express Photo: Narendra Vaskar)
Mumbai Rains, Weather Today Live Updates:
Several parts of Mumbai are waterlogged following heavy overnight rains. This has led to traffic snarls and a disruption in public transport. The Central Railways halted local services between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Thane on the main line, and CSMT to Vasi on Harbour section. Two long distance trains (02110, 02109) have been cancelled and three (05645, 01301, 02534) have been rescheduled. The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus service has also been impacted due to the waterlogged streets.
Mumbai’s Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal appealed to people to remain indoors. He also asked non-essential businesses be remain closed due to IMD’s forecast of “heavy to very heavy rains” in the city.
According to the IMD, the rainfall received in the 24 hours ending 8.30 am Wednesday was recorded at 286.4mm in Santacruz, 147.8mm in Colaba, 119.8mm in Thane, 39.5mm in Ratnagiri and 42.1mm in Dhanu. The weather department said intense to very intense rainfall would continue in the city till around noon.
As per the BMC’s Automatic Weather Stations, from 8 am on September 22 to 8 am on September 23, Mumbai recorded 267.67mm rainfall. The western suburbs received 251.48mm while the eastern suburbs got 173.22mm rainfall.
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