After Delhi, Gurugram and Bengaluru, it is the turn of Mumbai. Three days of continual downpour in the financial capital has flooded its roads and hobbled its suburban railway network.
After Friday, when Mumbai received 100 mm of rainfall over eight hours, exceeding the average maximum rainfall recorded last year in a similar period, and a wet Saturday, the city woke up to another rainy day. The Indian Meteorological Department's Santa Cruz weather station recorded 15.2 mm rainfall, while Colaba recorded 35 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. According to the IMD, intermittent rain or showers are likely to continue in Mumbai and adjoining areas over the next 48 hours, with some places expected to receive heavy rainfall.
The steady downpour threw life out of gear as several low-lying areas, such as Sion, King’s Circle and Kurla, faced water-logging and traffic disruptions, and trains on suburban railway lines suffered delays. There were reports of a wall collapse in Girgaum and 18 tree-falling incidents, resulting in one death.
Social media saw Mumbaikars tweeting pictures and videos of flooded train stations and water-logged roads on Sunday morning, with many posting traffic status from all over Mumbai.
On Instagram, users posted pictures capturing the beauty amid the mayhem, with visuals of rain-washed trees, patterns of raindrops on glass windows, cloudy skies and children enjoying a game of football in a water-filled street.
Those who were lucky to stay indoors and watch it pour from the comfort of their houses posted tweets about enjoying tea, coffee, vada pav and bhajiyas.