Torrential downpours, heavy flooding paralyze Mumbai
More rain expected as air, road and rail traffic is disrupted
As rains continue to lash Mumbai, India’s financial capital is coping with one of the worst flood situations of the decade, according to media reports.
Downpours have disrupted flight schedules, leaving passengers stranded at India’s second-busiest airport. The Economic Times reported that several parts of the city went under water on Tuesday morning and road and local rail traffic was affected.
— NDTV (@ndtv) August 29, 2017
The Deccan Chronicle reported that more rainfall was expected over the next 24 hours. Mumbai’s Regional Meteorological Centre predicted intermittent rain with heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of the city and “extremely heavy” rainfall at “one or two places in the city and suburbs.”
— CP Mumbai Police (@CPMumbaiPolice) August 29, 2017
Three National Disaster Response Force teams stationed in Mumbai have been put on high alert. The Hindustan Times reported that an outstation train derailment near Mumbai led to suburban trains running late on the Central line. Meanwhile, among the chaos, the seven lakes supplying water to the city were nearing the brim, heightening fears.
Meanwhile, the seven lakes that supply water to the city were nearing the point of overflowing, heightening fears of more flooding.
In the 2005 Maharashtra floods, the death toll reached 1,094.