Mumbai cops reach out to stranded people


A day after heavy monsoon rain brought Mumbai to a standstill, which reported almost 300 mm of rain in parts of the city on Tuesday - 29 times the normal, the Met office has forecast more rain in the next 24 hours and have urged people to stay indoors. Authorities, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), and disaster management teams are monitoring the situation.

Numerous more than 5,000 dabbawallahs were left stranded in the city overnight, a spokesman for the Mumbai Dabbawallha Association told the Press Trust of India.

The torrential rains have hit the immersion ceremonies on the fifth day of the Ganeshotsav on Tuesday, with many marquees deciding to postpone it by two days.

As a precautionary measure, schools and colleges remained closed on Wednesday (30 August) as more rains are expected.

The situation looks tenuous for now with met department predicting heavy to very heavy rains in a wide region around Mumbai extending till Vidarbha in next 48 hours.

The heavy rain produced widespread flooding throughout the city and caused travel chaos.

Those who were stranded in the city also used social media to ask for help.

Mumbai: Moderate to low rainfall persists in parts of Mumbai on Wednesday morning. Trains on this section resumed around midnight last night and more services were started around 7 am. About 83 percent of the country received normal to excess showers during the period while rest got deficient rain, it said.

After the rains came the power outage and most parts of the city, especially the suburbs, was plunged into darkness.

Much later in the night, even the Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party and other party activists also joined in the relief efforts.

A train derailed on its way to Mumbai Tuesday, after heavy rain washed out a section of the track.

Since the monsoon season began this year, flooding has claimed the lives of over 1,000 people and forced millions from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Traffic personnel deployed on the two highways are directed to send back cars, buses and other vehicles and also request the passengers to cooperate with police and obey instructions, Nagrale said.