Mumbai rain highlights: Schools shut, flights diverted as IMD predicts heavy rainfall, high tide

Heavy rains in some low-lying areas of Mumbai led to waterlogging and disruption of suburban train services; NDRF deploys teams to ‘avert’ flood-like situation

Updated - July 08, 2024 06:47 pm IST

Published - July 08, 2024 10:10 am IST

People walk on a waterlogged street after heavy rains in Mumbai, India on July 8, 2024.

People walk on a waterlogged street after heavy rains in Mumbai, India on July 8, 2024. | Photo Credit: Reuters

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Heavy rains pounded Mumbai and adjoining areas, severely affecting the Central Railway’s suburban services due to waterlogging on tracks and also hit the airport operations leading to 50 flight cancellations on July 8. The rain mayhem led to the inundation of many low-lying areas in the city, impacting vehicular movement, and people were seen wading through flooded streets. The State Government declared a holiday for all schools in Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.

Also read: NDRF team rescues 49 people stranded due to heavy rain at resorts in Thane

Some areas in Mumbai received more than 300 mm of rainfall in just six hours ending at 7 a.m., causing inundation of roads and low-lying areas. Heavy rains also lashed the city throughout the day, further compounding the woes of residents. Both houses of the Maharashtra legislature were adjourned as many members and officials could not reach the Vidhan Bhavan due to the downpour. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde took stock of the heavy rain situation by chairing a meeting at the Mantralaya and visiting the control room of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The IMD predicted moderate spells of rainfall in the city and suburbs and heavy showers at isolated places in the next 24 hours. The civic body appealed to citizens not to believe in rumours and to dial its control room numbers for emergency help. Municipal Commissioner Bhushan Gagrani kept an eye on the situation from the disaster management control room.

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  • July 08, 2024 17:36
    More than 30 displaced animals rescued amid rains in Mumbai, surrounding districts

    More than 30 animals, birds and reptiles were rescued in Mumbai and surrounding districts as heavy rains pounded the region, a forest official said.

    Cases of lost and abandoned pets, strays, and domestic animals were also reported, along with wildlife distress calls from the city and suburbs, said Santosh Bhagane from the Mumbai range rescue team of the forest department.

    “We have received more than 60 distress calls in 24 hours and rescued more than 30 animals, birds and reptiles from Mumbai and surrounding districts of Thane, Raigad and Palghar,” said Pawan Sharma, founder and president of RAWW (Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare) and the honorary wildlife warden with the forest department.

    PTI

  • July 08, 2024 17:23
    Powai Lake overflows amid heavy rains

    Mumbai’s Powai Lake began overflowing as heavy rains lashed the city for the last couple of days, a civic official said. The lake, which has a storage capacity of 545 crore litres, started overflowing at 4.45 p.m., the official said.

    However, the water from the lake is not potable and is used only for industrial purposes. When the lake is full, the water area is around 2.23 square kilometres, while the catchment area is 6.61 square kilometres.

    Located around 27 kilometres from the BMC headquarters, Powai Lake was built in 1890 for ₹12.59 lakh. Seven reservoirs, namely Bhatsa, Upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna, Tansa, Modak Sagar, Vihar and Tulsi, supply 385 crore litres of potable water to the megapolis.

    PTI

  • July 08, 2024 16:25
    Landslide on hillock in Thane, no one hurt

    A landslide occurred on a hillock in Thane, which led to residents of four houses being evacuated, civic officials said.

    No one was hurt in the incident that took place at 1:25pm in Lokmanya Nagar Pada number 4, said Thane Municipal Corporation regional disaster management cell chief Yasin Tadvi.

    “Relief operations began immediately after authorities were alerted. Four houses and two trees on the remaining portion of the hillock are now in a dangerous condition. We evacuated 25 persons from these four houses and shifted them to safety,” he said.

    - PTI

  • July 08, 2024 15:54
    A local train running on a waterlogged track

    Mumbai, Jul 08 (ANI): A local train runs on a waterlogged track as the local train services have resumed on Central Line after rainwater receded, at Kurla station in Mumbai on Monday. (ANI Photo)

  • July 08, 2024 14:46
    Maharashtra CM reviews situation, visits BMC disaster management control room

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde took stock of the heavy rain situation in Mumbai by chairing a meeting at Mantralaya and visiting the control room of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

    After attending the meeting at Mantralaya, Mr. Shinde went to the disaster department control room at the civic headquarters and reviewed the situation.

    The chief minister was apprised of the situation by civic officials.

    - PTI

  • July 08, 2024 14:28
    Both houses of Maharashtra legislature adjourned due to heavy rains

    The Maharashtra Assembly and Council adjourned early due to heavy rains in the city and other parts of the State, which prevented several legislators and officials from reaching the legislature complex.

    When the Lower House convened at 11 a.m., Leader of Opposition Vijay Wadettiwar said that the residents of Mumbai were facing severe challenges due to the intense rainfall. 

    He criticised the lack of adequate pre-monsoon preparations despite significant financial expenditure.

    However, Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar said that the city had experienced 300 mm of rainfall overnight, causing delays for many MLAs and ministers trying to reach the Assembly. 

    - Abhinay Deshpande

  • July 08, 2024 14:03
    Commuters wade through waterlogged street in Mumbai

    Mumbai: Commuters wade through a waterlogged street following rains, in Mumbai, Monday, July 8, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI07_08_2024_000098B)

  • July 08, 2024 12:48
    Delivery person rides through a waterlogged subway

    A delivery person rides an electric scooter in a waterlogged subway after heavy rains in Mumbai, India, July 8, 2024. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

  • July 08, 2024 12:47
    People make their way through a waterlogged street in Mumbai

    Mumbai: People make their way through a waterlogged street following rains, in Mumbai, Monday, July 8, 2024. (PTI Photo/Shashank Parade)(PTI07_08_2024_000057B)

  • July 08, 2024 12:34
    Schools in Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg closed

    In view of the heavy showers in parts of Maharashtra, the state government declared a holiday for all schools in Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.

    Maharashtra School Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar made the announcement in the state legislative council.

    “Mumbai received rains last night. We have issued a notification in the morning declaring a holiday today for all the schools in Mumbai city, Mumbai suburban, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts,” he said.

    - PTI

  • July 08, 2024 12:23
    Tourists, trekkers stuck at Raigad fort evacuated

    Police and other district authorities have evacuated several tourists and trekkers stranded at the Raigad hill fort near Mumbai following heavy rains.

    The fort, located around 170 km from Mumbai, has now been closed for visitors till July 31.

    The Raigad district in Maharashtra’s Konkan region witnessed heavy rains over the last 24 hours, due to which a number of visitors were stuck at the fort, a famous monument which was once the capital of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

    Due to a flood-like situation at the ‘Payri Marg’ (step way) of the fort, tourists were facing difficulty in walking along that stretch, an official from Mahad police station said.

    The Raigad police and district administration teams went there and evacuated the tourists and trekkers, the official said.

    - PTI

  • July 08, 2024 12:19
    Around 50 flights cancelled by airlines till 11 a.m.

    Around 50 flights were cancelled by various airlines till 11 a.m. due to the heavy rains.

  • July 08, 2024 12:12
    Mumbai citizens group demand compensation from BMC on poor monsoon management

    A citizen’s groups is demanding for compensation from the civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for disruptions caused by waterlogging and flooding. 

    In a letter to the Maharashtra’s Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde, Watchdog Foundation, a citizens group in Mumbai said, “We express our deep dissatisfaction with the BMC’s recent claim of having kept the metropolis “rain ready.” This assertion has been thoroughly discredited by the significant flooding experienced across several areas, which severely disrupted vehicular traffic. For instance, the Marol area, which rarely experiences flooding, was in 4 feet deep water, which damaged many vehicles including the instances of water entering residential premises and shops.” 

    The citizens group demanded resignation from the concerned authorities who gave false statements to the people of Mumbai that they are monsoon ready. 

    Read the full story here.
  • July 08, 2024 11:42
    Maharashtra Assembly adjourned till 1 p.m. due to heavy rain

    Maharashtra Assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar adjourned the House till 1 p.m. in view of several MLAs and ministers unable to reach the legislature complex in south Mumbai due to heavy rains.

    As soon as the House assembled for the day at 11 a.m., Leader of Opposition Vijay Wadettiwar highlighted the problems being faced by people in Mumbai due to the heavy rains.

    The Congress leader claimed pre-monsoon preparedness was lacking despite crores of rupees being spent.

    - PTI

  • July 08, 2024 11:40
    NDRF team rescued two girls after landslide in Vikhroli Parksite
  • July 08, 2024 11:11
    Several flights diverted due to low visibility

    Due to heavy rains and low visibility had led to the suspension of runway operations. The runway was closed from 2:22am to 3:40 am due to low visibility issues. It was reported that 27 flights have been diverted. The flights were diverted to Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Indore.

    Currently, priority is being given to arrivals, delaying departures, and consequential changes that were made to accommodate diverted flights.

  • July 08, 2024 11:08
    Holiday declared for all schools and colleges

    The administration has declared holiday for all schools and colleges due to the forecast of heavy rains combined with 4.40 metres high tide

  • July 08, 2024 10:41
    A long walk for Maharashtra Ministers to Assembly

    Maharashtra’s Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Anil Patil and his party colleague MLA Amol Mitkari were also stranded due to incessant rains. These two NCP MLAs were on their way to Mumbai to attend ongoing Assembly session. They got off on the railway tracks to cover the remaining journey.

  • July 08, 2024 10:32
    NDRF deploy teams to ‘avert’ flood-like situation

    Anticipating severe waterlogging in various parts of Mumbai, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed its teams after heavy rain was reported in several parts of the city. The Met Department has predicted light to moderate spell of rainfall likley over Mumbai during next 3 hours. 

    The teams have been deployed in Thane, Vasai ( Palghar), Mahad (Raigad), Chiplun (Ratnagiri), Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara Ghatkopar, Kurla and Sindhudurg.NDRF said it has also deployed three regular teams at Andheri and one team at Nagpur.The action came to “avert any untoward incident and give an appropriate response in case of any flood-like situation. 

    “Meanwhile, Western Railway, in a statement, said that suburban trains are running up to 10 minutes late as water is above track level between Matunga Road and Dadar due to heavy rains.It said that high-capacity water pumps are being used to drain water away from the railway tracks. 

    Traffic was reported to have slowed down on the Western Express Highway near Vile Parle following heavy rains.

  • July 08, 2024 10:29
    Diversion of BEST routes

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  • July 08, 2024 10:22
    IMD forecasts moderate spell of rains in Mumbai

    According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the offshore trough along Gujarat north Kerala coast that has strengthened along the north Konkan coast around midnight, triggering heavy spells in Mumbai.

    The IMD also added that moderate spells of rainfall is expected in Mumbai and its suburbs in the next three hours and heavy rainfall at isolated placed in the next 24 hours.

  • July 08, 2024 10:16
    Western Railway's suburban trains running late

    Western Railway’s Mumbai suburban trains are running up to 10 mins late because water is above track level between Matunga Road and Dadar due to heavy rains.

    High capacity water pumps are being utilised to drain waters away from the railway tracks

  • July 08, 2024 10:13
    Train services affected

    Due to heavy rains and water logging between Bhandup and Nahur trains are being run by clamping and padlocking the points. Clamping completed at 06.45 am. 

    Train Services on Main line Down and Up Fast line between CSMT-Thane is suspended. However, Down and Up slow lines are running.

    Harbour line services are temporarily suspended due to waterlogging at Chunnabhati. -- Snehal

  • July 08, 2024 10:11
    Visuals from Andheri Subway in Mumbai
  • July 08, 2024 09:53
    Schools, colleges shut for first session

    Navi Mumbai: A waterlogged railway station following heavy rainfall, in Navi Mumbai, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI07_07_2024_000167B)

    Local train services on the Central Railway routes were severely hit early Monday morning while various roads in Mumbai were waterlogged after some areas recorded more than 300 mm rainfall overnight, officials said. 

    The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a statement issued in the morning said heavy rain is also expected on Monday.

    It declared a holiday for the first session of the day for all the BMC, government and private schools and colleges in Mumbai municipal limits in order to avoid inconvenience to students.

    “The decision for the next session will be announced after reviewing the situation,” the statement said.

    Suburban services of the Central Railway were severely affected due to waterlogging of tracks on both the Main and Harbour corridors, authorities said.

    The civic body’s disaster management department said suburban services on both the CR corridors resumed operation at 6.45 am.

    The BMC said some areas in Mumbai received more than 300 mm rainfall from 1 am to 7 am on Monday.

    The highest 315 rainfall in this period was recorded in Govandi area and 314 mm in Powai area, it said. -- PTI

  • July 08, 2024 09:52
    Mumbai records over 300mm rainfall in six-hour period; more rains expected

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    Mumbai has recorded over 300 mm rainfall at various places in a six-hour period from 1 am to 7 am on July 8. Heavy rains in some low-lying areas led to waterlogging and disruption of suburban train services.

    A BMC official said, “Heavy rain is also expected today. In order to avoid inconvenience to students, a holiday for the first session is declared for all BMC, Government and Private schools and colleges in the Mumbai (BMC area).”

    Mumbai records over 300mm rainfall in six-hour period; more rains expected

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