Mumbai has been witnessing heavy downpour since Saturday morning, which officials believe could be the heaviest rainfall since July 2005 when the city was devastated by flooding. The Meteorological Centre, Colaba has predicted the “typhoon-like situation” to remain the same for the next 24 hours. The rainfall recorded by the automatic weather stations between August 27 at 8 am and August 28 at 8 am was 102 mm. Incessant rains have resulted in traffic snarls in several areas. The continuous showers caused waterlogging in Sion, Dadar, Mumbai Central, Kurla, Andheri, Sakinaka areas, which ultimately resulted in slowing down of the traffic, although no major traffic jam was reported.
Traffic jams were reported on all major arterial roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg as the rains continued since last night. Water-logging was reported in low-lying areas of Parel and Sion. A tree fell on the busy Saat Rasta road, affecting road traffic. Suburban services were disrupted with trains on all the three lines - western, central and harbour - running late. Water-logging on tracks was reported in Andheri and Bandra, civic officials said.
Here are the LIVE updates on the heavy rainfall in Mumbai:
# Rain water enters the cargo complex of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
# However, the essential services and critical staff in the Government will be on duty tomorrow: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
# In the wake of warnings issued by IMD, people in Mumbai and areas around Mumbai are advised to stay back home unless there is an emergency: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
# Mumbai local train service begin between Thane to Kalyan on fast line.
# Total 10 flights cancelled from Mumbai airport, 7 flights diverted and 23 flights asked to go-around till now.
# Fire brigade personnel rescued passengers stranded in local trains due to Rains.
# BMC has cancelled leaves of all employees and has asked them to join back: BMC PRO
# 200 trees/ branches fell and 70 short circuits have been reported today: BMC Control Room
# 11 trains rescheduled and 7 trains cancelled till 7 pm
# CM Fadnavis instructs suspension of toll collection at all Mumbai entry points and sea link till situation is back to normal
# Schools and colleges in Mumbai to remain shut tomorrow in view of forecast of heavy rain: Maharashtra Education Minister
With today's heavy downpour &predictions for heavier rainfall; schools,college authorities instructed to remain closed tomorrow #MumbaiRains— Vinod Tawde (@TawdeVinod) August 29, 2017
# Had a telephonic conversation with Maharashtra CM Fadnavis regarding the situation due to heavy rains in Mumbai and nearby areas. I also assured the Maharashtra CM of all possible help from the Centre. The NDRF teams have already reached Mumbai for rescue & relief ops: HM Rajnath Singh
# Thoughts with families, especially children, in Mumbai & western parts of the country hit by heavy downpour. Govt & public agencies taking all steps amid heavy rains. Glad to note voluntary groups & citizens too coming together: President Kovind
# Wadala has received maximum 253mm rain. 6 big pumping stations have been setup, 30,000 of our staff are working on the ground: BMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sudhir Naik
# We are sending our constables to help the Mumbaikars who are in distress. We are trying to provide whatever help they want: DCP and Mumbai Police spokesperson Rashmi Karandikar
# Urge the people of Mumbai and surrounding areas to stay safe and take all essential precautions in the wake of the heavy rain: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
# Centre assures all possible support to the Government of Maharashtra in mitigating the situation due to heavy rains in parts of the state: PM Modi
# Spoke to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on the situation arising due to incessant rain in Mumbai and surrounding areas: PM Modi
# Water logging has been cleared and Traffic has started moving on Bandra Worli sea link both north and south bound: Mumbai Police
# Seaking 42C ready for day/night Search and Rescue. Medical teams, Divers ready for immediate deployment: Indian Navy
# Byculla police station flooded with rainwater; up to 3 feet water in premises
# 5 Flood Rescue teams and 2 diving teams ready to render assistance at different locations across Mumbai: Indian Navy
# Traffic closed on Bandra Worli sea link due to water logging at Worli end: Mumbai Police
# Operations at Mumbai 's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport resume after brief interruption
# Operations at Mumbai airport suspended for some time due to low visibility: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport PRO
# If the water on the roads is heading up to the level of your tyres, please abandon the car. Being on your 2 feet may be uncomfortable but safer: Mumbai Police
# Request people to follow traffic advisories being issued. You can also tweet to/call Mumbai Police, police will come to your rescue: Maha CM
# I appeal to people to step out of their homes only if necessary: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
# Milan subway and Andheri subway closed due to water logging. Traffic slow at D.N.Nagar & BMW Junction: Mumbai Police
# NDMA Alert: Heavy tide around 4:48 PM. Heavy tide restricts drainage of water causing immense waterlogging during heavy rains.
# National Disaster Management Authority's emergency number for Mumbai floods - 1916
# Maharashtra Government issues orders for all offices to allow employees to leave in wake of heavy rains and IMD Warning
# Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visits State Disaster Management Control room to oversee present scenario
# Services suspended between Churchgate and Andheri due to heavy water logging. Long distance down trains also held up at Mumbai Central: Western Railway
# Stay indoors as far as possible. Move out only if it is very important. Due to waterlogged roads,Traffic not moving and slow at most places: Mumbai Police
# Traffic on Bandra - Worli Sea Link towards South Mumbai has been closed for some time for clearing Traffic ahead: Mumbai Police
# High tide of 3.32mts at 16:30. Avoid waterfronts, sitting on tetrapods or on promenades. Please cooperate with policemen on duty: Mumbai Police
# Heavy traffic jams reported on all major arterial roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg.
# Water-logging reported in low-lying areas of Parel and Sion. A tree fell on the busy Saat Rasta road, affecting road traffic.
# BMC reported 3 incidents of wall collapse, 16 incidents of short circuit and 23 incidents of trees/branches falling in past 24 hrs
From 12:30 PAREL-KURLA all 4 LINES TRAFFIC SUSPENDED DUE 2WATER LOGGING,ALSO UP/DN HB LINES b/w VDLR/CLA SUSPENDED from12:20hrs #MumbaiRains— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) August 29, 2017