Mumbai Rains: Flight services remain affected

Mumbai Rains: Flight services remain affected”

As a precautionary measure, schools and colleges remained closed on Wednesday (30 August) as more rains are expected.

Mumbai: A day after heavy rains and severe flooding in Mumbai after parts of the city received as much as 300 mm of rainfall, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Wednesday said that such "unprecedented situation" was much mitigated and are much under control.

Meanwhile, suburban train services on the Central Railway (CR) mainline resumed this morning after remaining suspended for almost 20 hours due to heavy downpour.

Meanwhile, operations at Mumbai airport suspended for some time due to low visibility. Another 13 flights approaching to land were forced to abort their descend and turn around. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has declared a public holiday for the city and the suburbs and also urged the people to stay home.

Considering the gravity of the situation, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was put on high alert.

An unrelenting downpour has battered low-lying parts of the city since the early hours of Tuesday, with some areas receiving nearly 12 inches of rain. The redBus hotels are providing free stay at the nearest hotel for the people stranded in Mumbai. The train commuters had harrowing experiences in CR, WR and Harbor Line because they were running late due to flooded tracks.

India's political parties blamed each other for inadequacies in the relief and rescue work, while some Mumbai residents blamed the flood on the excess amount of plastic debris in storm drains. India Meteorological Department estimates that the region could see up to 250 mm of rain (approximately 11 inches). On social media, people have taken to tweeting out pictures and videos of the non-stop downpour using #MumbaiRains.

Mumbai Police spokeswoman Rashmi Karandikar said seven other people were missing in Mumbai.

"It's not a 26/7 (2005) type situation as the cloud cover over Mumbai is not that thick".

Although Mumbai is trying to build itself into a global financial centre, parts of the city struggle to cope during annual monsoon rains. (Express Photo/Santosh Parab) People are evacuated from their flooded house by the fire department in the Concord Bridge neighborhood as Addicks Reservoir surpasses capacity due to near constant rain from Tropical Storm Harvey.

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