31 August, 2017
Due to so much of water-logging and alert put by Mumbai Police, the city will be observing a public holiday as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis has advised the people to stay back home untill and unless there is an emergency that occurs. It was second only to 346.2 mm of rainfall registered on August 23, 1997, the data showed. In another incident in Vikhroli's Suryanagar, two persons were killed when a portion of a house collapsed following the torrential rains.
Residents in the city walked home, hitched rides on trucks or spent the night in their offices as the deluge evoked memories of the flooding in 2005 caused by a cloudburst that dumped almost a metre of rain in a single day, killing 570 people, grounding flights and cutting off rail and road links.
"Urge the people of Mumbai and surrounding areas to stay safe and take all essential precautions in the wake of the heavy rain", the PM said.
Even as the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation came under sharp attack and criticism following the 325 mm rainfall in 12 hours on Tuesday, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said that the civic body did its best.
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Dozens of commuters waded through waist-deep water on Tuesday evening. "Delays of around half an hour", said Dhananjay Kumar, a spokesperson for India's state-run carrier Air India. Dozens of flights and local train services were also cancelled as rains lashed the coastal city.
According to the Newspaper,"Stranded trains are being cleared first and then CSMT to Thane traffic will resume", the official said.Services on the suburban corridor of the Western Railway (WR) are also back on track. Several passengers also remained stranded at Bandra Railway Station.
He said various agencies worked in coordination to tackle the yesterday's situation.
In light of the past experiences, three NDRF teams had been prepositioned in Mumbai at strategic locations, the DG informed.