Life in Mumbai- the city that never sleeps came to a screeching halt due to incessant rains today. Today’s were rains reminiscent to the one that submerged the low lying areas of the city in 2005.
People’s woes were compounded by the high tide that prevented natural drainage of water into the sea.
Meteorological department sources said Mumbai recorded copious rain of 65 mm in just three hours.
Thousands of vehicles were stranded on arterial roads in Lower Parel, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Khar West, Ghatkopar, Sion and Hindmata areas that were under knee to waist deep water for several hours, many having broken down.
Colaba weather station, which covers south Mumbai, recorded 37.6mm of rain and Santacruz weather station – representative of the suburbs – recorded 126mm rain from 8.30am to 2.30pm, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
It said the Colaba station recorded 152mm of rain between Monday and Tuesday mornings, the highest 24-hour rainfall this year.
Various areas in north Konkan also recorded heavy to very heavy rain in the last 24 hours with Alibaug recording 161mm and adjoining regions of Dahanu and Harnai also recording three digit figures. Navi Mumbai too received 119.85mm rain in the past 24 hours.
Commuters were seen standing under knee deep water on the steps of buses in low lying areas like Parel. Traffic crawled at snail’s pace on important roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg.
Prime Narendra Modi spoke to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on the situation arising due to incessant rains and promised all possible support from the Centre.