Mumbai Rains Caused 5 Deaths, Worst Conditions After 2005

Posted August 31, 2017

Mumbai was crippled on Tuesday by its heaviest rain in 12 years, recording nearly 300 mm in some parts. State Education Minister Vinod Tawde also announced that all schools and colleges would remain closed on Wednesday.

The MET department has made a forecast that part of north Konkan, including Mumbai, will receive very heavy to extremely heavy rain (almost 200mm of rainfall) until Wednesday.

More than 500 deaths were caused as a result of the floods in 2005, with the major number of deaths in slums- home to the majority of Mumbai's population.

Bhavnagar and Rajkot received 96 mm and 58.9 mm rainfall, respectively, during the same time. Heavy rainfall is expected in next 48 hours. Thousands emerge from train stations to head to their offices every morning in the heart of Mumbai, but today there were people going into the stations to return home after a night out in the city.

Low-lying areas in the city were waterlogged leaving people to wade through ankle to knee deep level water. Jet Airways India canceled 12 flights from Mumbai citing weather conditions, but Mumbai airport said it was was functioning normally. All airlines issued an advisory of suspected delays in flight operations to and from the city airport through the day.

As a effect, domestic and global passengers bound for the airport to catch various flights experienced huge problems in reaching on time due to massive traffic snarls on the highways and main roads.

Mumbai, Aug 29 Patients at the King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital bore the brunt of incessant heavy downpours that battered Mumbai and adjacent areas today, civic officials said.

India's financial centre, home to more than 20 million people, has been inundated by days of intense monsoon rains, paralysing transport and destroying homes.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too assured full assistance to the state government in mitigating the situation. Ganesh pandals have come forward to help out people stranded in the rains. The famous Siddhivinayak temple also lent its helping hand to the stranded people.