Mumbai records heaviest rainfall in 24 hours since 2005
July 3, 2019
Mumbai and surrounding areas were hit by heavy rainfall, flooding the airport and bringing the suburban railway service to a stop. Twenty one people were killed in the heaviest rainfall the financial capital has seen since the 2005 deluge.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was seen monitoring the situation from the Mumbai civic body's control room. The Indian Navy deployed several teams to assist civic authorities to help people stranded in flooded areas.
Several suburban and long-distance trains were cancelled after railway tracks were flooded. 52 flights were cancelled and 54 diverted because of bad weather and the skidding of a SpiceJet plane on Monday night while landing. "Our team is trying their best to bring the main runway back in operation and this may take upto 48 hrs," said Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport officials.
People were advised to stay indoors and not venture out unless there was an emergency. "Due to heavy rain forecast in Mumbai even today by IMD, People are advised to stay indoors unless there is any emergency," tweeted the Chief Minister's office. Barring emergency services, all government offices were closed. While all schools and colleges are closed today, private firms have asked employees to work from home.
Diverted flights were sent to Ahmedabad, Goa and Bengaluru. Around 1,000 people living close to the Mithi river were evacuated to higher ground as it threatened to burst its banks, said a disaster management spokesman for Mumbai's local authority.
Nineteen people were killed and many injured after a compound wall crashed in Mumbai's Malad East on Tuesday morning. A 10 year-old girl who was trapped under the debris also died. In Kalyan, three people, including a three-year-old boy, were killed after the wall of a school crashed on two houses. The government has announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the families of those who died in the Malad wall collapse.