Heavy rains since Thursday night has left parts of Mumbai submerged affecting road and rail traffic bringing the city to a grinding halt.
Normal life in Mumbai was on Friday thrown out of gear as torrential rains battered the city and its suburbs resulting in cancellation of local train services leaving thousands of commuters stranded.
The Brihanmumbai Mumbai Municipal Corporation issued a flood alert on Friday and have advised people to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary.
A high tide of around 4.60 metres is expected around 2 pm and citizens have been instructed to avoid using roads facing the sea.
In the early hours, thousands of commuters leaving for offices were caught unaware on reaching the suburban railway stations as trains were being cancelled due to water-logging of tracks following heavy downpour since last night.
As services on all three railway lines–Central, Western and Harbour–were cancelled, harried commuters rushed to catch buses, taxis or any other mode of transport available to reach their destinations, which resulted in massive traffic jams at many places, exacerbated by inundation in low-lying areas.
The Western Railway services which were initially running late by 10 to 15 minutes, were later cancelled.
The rains resulted in water-logging in almost all low-lying areas of Mumbai and its suburbs.
“Thane-Karjat/Kasara and Vasvhi-Panvel Shuttle services and trans-harbour services are running,” said Central Railway PRO A K Singh.
“Our supervising staff are alert and as soon water level recedes, services would be resumed,” he said.
According to information given by the control room of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), water-logging is reported in areas like Kurla, Chembur, Tilak Nagar, Andheri, Parel, Lower Parel, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Dombivili.
An IMD forecast at 0800 hours on Friday said, “Intermittent rains/shower would occur in the city and suburbs. Heavy to very heavy rains would occur in some areas.”
The average rainfall recorded in 24 hours ending 8 am on Friday is — City 188 mm, Eastern Suburbs 155 mm, Western Suburbs 172 mm while the high tide (4.47 metres) is expected at 2:29 pm.
According to a statement issued by BMC, as many as 120 suction pumps have been pressed into service to drain out water in low-lying areas.
“Very heavy rains are expected today. So I have issued advisory for school children to stay at home,” he told.
Sources said long distance trains are bunched up outside Mumbai as they are not getting signal to enter the city due to water-logging.
“Suburban services are affected due to heavy rains and water-logging in several areas in Mumbai Central and Matunga. It is advised to all that commuters may travel only in case of emergency,” Western Railway stated in a release.