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More than 50 flights cancelled as heavy rains lash Mumbai; train services hit

Visuals emerged from various parts of the city showing people struggling in waist-deep waters and vehicles queuing up on the roads as traffic slowed.

Vehicles drive through a flooded street after rain showers in Mumbai on July 8, 2024. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

DAYS after India’s national capital New Delhi, it was turn for the financial capital Mumbai in the western state of Maharashtra to face the wrath of the rain gods on Monday (8). Heavy downpour in the coastal city and its surrounding areas in the last 24 hours resulted in waterlogging and disruption of suburban railway services, known to be the city’s lifeline.

More than 50 flights were also cancelled. A number of airlines cautioned passengers on X and asked them to check the status of their respective flights before starting for the airport.

Some areas recorded more than 300 millimetres of precipitation in just six hours between 1 and 7 am local time. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert for Mumbai as well as other surrounding places such as Thane, Palghar and the Konkan belt.

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Visuals emerged from various parts of the city showing people struggling in waist-deep waters and vehicles queuing up on the roads as traffic slowed. Government and private schools and colleges across Mumbai were closed. People were also seen wading through deep water in submerged underpasses.

Waterlogging on tracks was reported at a number of stations in the city, throwing the railway traffic out of gear. More than three million people use the suburban train services in Mumbai and the neighbouring Thane, Palghar and Raigad daily. Train services resumed on the Central Line after the rainwater subsided.

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Many long-distance trains were also either diverted, rescheduled or terminated due to waterlogging between Kalyan and Kasara stations of Mumbai division.

The IMD forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai throughout Monday.

High waves in the Arabian Sea were also expected.

National Disaster Response Force teams were deployed to rescue people who were left stranded in water-logged areas in Thane and Palghar areas of Maharashtra. They evacuated nearly 50 people using boats and lifejackets.

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