MUMBAI: Some local trains have been cancelled while some others are running late by 10 to 15 minutes in Mumbai as heavy rain overnight and this morning resulted in waterlogged tracks. With more rain forecast, the city’s iconic ‘Dabbawallahs’ or lunch box carriers have cancelled services for today. On Monday, Mumbai received five times the average rainfall for this season. The Met department has predicted heavy to very heavy rain till Thursday.
- Suburban trains services between Vasai and Virar near Mumbai have been suspended due to accumulation of rain water on the rail tracks, Western Railways said. Local train services between south Mumbai’s busy Churchgate station and Vasai are delayed. A railways official said that services between Churchgate and Borivili are normal. The Central Railway’s suburban services are running normally at all its corridors despite the heavy rain overnight.
- Schools and colleges in Mumbai were closed yesterday as a precautionary measure. While the Maharashtra government hasn’t declared a holiday for Mumbai schools and colleges, Mumbai University said examinations will be rescheduled for students who could not appear for them on Monday.
- “We did not collect the tiffins today, because of the water-logging across the city. Our people find hard to wade through their cycle in knee-deep water,” Mumbai Dabbawalas Association’s spokesperson Subhash Talekar said.
- Heavy rain with strong winds are being reported from several parts of the city this morning. Extremely heavy rainfall is likely in parts of Greater Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar between today and Friday, the weather department said this morning.
- Monday’s downpour brought the financial capital virtually to a standstill as the streets were flooded and the normal life was thrown out of gear. Heavy rain for the third consecutive day affected the city’s lifelines – the train services – and road traffic.
- Visibility at the Mumbai airport was “not very good” but flights were operating according to schedule, an Met official said, adding no warning has been issued for the aviation sector so far.
- Due to water-logging, around 300 people were stuck in their homes in Vasai town of the adjoining Palghar district on Monday. However, they refused to be evacuated even as the water level receded, an official said.
- Between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm on Monday, the Colaba observatory recorded a rainfall of 104.8 mm.
- The city received 54 per cent of its average monsoon season rainfall just in the last 20 day, the city’s civic body noted.
- Private weather foresting agency Skymet said the rainfall may cross 150 mm in the next 24 hours.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)