Heavy rain led to waterlogging in several areas of Mumbai on Tuesday and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation urged residents to stay indoors. “Mumbaikars are requested not to venture out unless extremely necessary and stay away from the shore and waterlogged areas,” the BMC said.
The India Meteorological Department issued a red alert with forecast of “extremely heavy” rainfall in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Raigad and Ratnagiri districts in Maharashtra over the next 48 hours, PTI reported.
The traffic on Western Express Highway in suburban Kandivali was severely affected due to a landslide. No casualty was reported in the incident, a fire control room official said. The vehicular movement from the area towards south Mumbai was disrupted after authorities closed some portion of the road for clearing the debris.
The civic body said all offices and other establishments will remain shut on Tuesday, except for emergency services. A high tide hit the city as predicted by the weather department amid heavy rainfall, ANI reported. The BMC has alerted all concerned departments and people to not go near any beach or low-lying areas.
Goregaon, King Circle, Hindmata, Dadar, Shivaji Chowk, Shell Colony, Kurla ST Depot, Bandra Talkies, Sion Road 24 have been waterlogged. The BEST buses on these routes had to be diverted. BMC Mayor Kishori Pednekar visited Dadar and Hindmata to inspect the areas, The Indian Express reported.
A portion of a road collapsed at Rajendra Nagar, Borivali East, the Hindustan Times reported. But there were no casualties.
Four people, including two girls, fell into the Vakola Nallah (drain) in Santacruz East on Tuesday. One of the persons was rescued, but the girls have not been found yet, Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Rahangdale said. Two fire engines and one ambulance were engaged at the spot. He added that the Mumbai Fire Brigade has requested help from the National Disaster Response Force.
Meanwhile, Western Railway services, stopped due to the rain, partially resumed. “Water level at all places has started receding,” Western Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Sumit Thakur said. “The first slow train from Churchgate started at 12.05 hrs and the one from Andheri started at 11.40 hrs. Fast lines will also shortly resume after inspection of points.”
Separately, the Bombay High Court also adjourned its virtual hearings on various cases as many staff members could not reach the court. The High Court will hear the matters on Wednesday, an official said.
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar visited the mini pumping station at Bandra Kurla Complex and inspected the water pumps, Mumbai Mirror reported. The pumping station draws water from Kalanagar area. Pednekar also visited Hindmata in Dadar in knee-length water for an inspection.
Man electrocuted in Thane
A man died in Thane city after he accidentally touched an electric pole. An official from Kasarvadavali police station said that the deceased is yet to be identified, adding that his body has been sent for postmortem.
In another incident, a part of the ceiling plaster of a building in a housing complex in Vartak Nagar fell down, but there were no casualties reported. Thane Municipal Corporation’s regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said that relief work is underway. He added that throughout the night, fire stations in the city received more than a dozen calls of tree falling incidents.
The civic body has put fire brigade, pumping stations and operating staff on alert, reported Hindustan Times. According to BMC, Mumbai city received 140.5 mm rain from 8 am on August 3 to 3 am on August 4. The eastern and western suburbs recorded 84.77 mm and 79.27 mm of rainfall respectively.