A day after Mumbai witnessed heaviest rains in 24 hours in August since 1997, the situation is slowly getting back to normal as water level is receding at several places.
The downpour, which was gauged at a whopping 298 mm, pounded the metropolis throughout the day yesterday. Six people reportedly died during the torrential rains.
Public and private transport cam to a standstill, with suburban trains getting cancelled and highways witnessing unending traffic. Many flights were cancelled, some diverted.
Jet Airways waived off penalties for date/flight change, refund and no-show on confirmed tickets to and from Mumbai. The waiver was later extended to August 30 until 3 p.m. National carrier Air India also waived off cancellation/date change charges for its flights flying to and from Mumbai until August 31.
The Western Naval Command made arrangements to provide shelter to Mumbaikars. WNC has made arrangements to provide shelter to stranded Mumbaikars at Colaba, Worli and Ghatkopar," a spokesperson said.
01:15 pm: 16 trains commencing on August 30, 31 and September 1 cancelled due to operational reasons and heavy rains in Maharashtra: Chief PRO, Northern Railway to ANI.
12:00 pm: Central and Harbour lines down again, as trains stranded overnight have developed snags. Efforts are on to haul them away.
11:45 am: Between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm on Tuesday, the Santacruz weather station, representative of the suburbs and rest of Mumbai, recorded 331.4 mm rain
11:30 am: Shiv Sena terms downpour and flooding as natural calamity in an editorial in the Saamna, the party's mouthpiece.
11:00 am: Water has receded from most parts of the city and trains have resumed services. Lower Parel area, which resembled a water body at most places till yesterday is now cleared.
10:30 am: Mumbai's famed 'dabbawalas' today cancelled their delivery of over two lakh tiffins to office goers in the city in view of the disruption of suburban rail services.
10:15 am: Four persons were washed away in separate incidents in Mumbai following torrential rains since yesterday, the police said. The incidents were reported from Dahisar, Kandivli, Malad and Dadar areas, a senior police official said. While two were washed away in nullahs, one was washed away in a drain and the other was washed away during Ganesh idol immersion proceedings, he added. In another incident, one person Rameshwar Tiwari was killed after the wall of a power sub-station fell on his house in Asalpha village in suburban Ghatkopar, police said.
10:05 am: On August 29, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport saw six flight cancellations, 10 go-arounds and as many diversions, they said. Heavy downpour and strong winds left airport in the financial capital almost crippled with long delays, forcing airlines to divert many flights to other cities or making aircraft to do go-arounds through the day today.
10:00 am: Heavy rains in Mumbai brought life in the city to a standstill. The rainfall affected transport facilities in the city, with many local trains getting cancelled and buses and cars stuck in badly water-logged areas. Authorities, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), and disaster management teams are monitoring the situation.
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