Mumbai Comes To A Standstill After Record Rain Spell; COVID-19 Hospital Flooded

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Mumbai Comes To A Standstill After Record Rain Spe
Owing to the record rainfall during current monsoon season, the airport, train and bus services in Mumbai were brought to a complete standstill. All government and private establishments have been closed; only emergency services are operational.

The Indian Meteorological Department said the metropolis has received 273.6 mm of rainfall since Tuesday night while predicting that heavy rain will continue in Mumbai on Wednesday. BMC Commissioner Iqbal S Chahal has appealed people not to leave their houses without necessary work.

Mumbai Police has also issued an advisory asking people to not wade into waterlogged paths.

According to BMC, there was heavy waterlogging due to incessant rains in areas of Goregaon, Lokhandwala, Veera Desai Road, Parel, Dadar, Matunga, Sion, Andheri, Malad, Borivali, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Bhendi Chowk, Gold Temple, Majhgaon, Masjid Bandar Dahisar and Baisula. In the King Circle area, a bus full of passengers got stuck in the water.

Central Railway Chief Spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said that suburban services of local trains from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to Thane and Vashi have been suspended while special mail and express trains have been rescheduled. Western Railway has stopped all suburban services between Churchgate and Andheri due to the railway tracks being submerged in water. Passengers are stranded at many railway stations including Sion due to waterlogging.

Mumbai's Nair Hospital which was turned into a COVID-19 centre has been flooded, putting at risk the lives of patients, doctors and other hospital staff.

Mumbaikars took to social media to share videos of their submerged homes by the incessant rains in Mumbai. 

One user Harish Jaibhai wrote, "Mumbai is the financial capital of the country and for many it is a city of dreams. Science has made a lot of progress but the water conservation potential of the city has been lost. The administration has failed in its efforts".

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has I ssued an advisory, detailing preparations before and after the floods.

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