Mumbai got pounded by heavy rains and high wind speed for the second day in a row on Wednesday. These rains were the heaviest since 2005 and local authorities also warned of flash flooding in many areas.
The heavy rains and gusty winds also uprooted several trees, leading to traffic jams in several parts, including the western express highway, which is an arterial road.
Commuters had to face the brunt with cars getting damaged. Local trains, which are currently used only by essential workers, have been suspended on the harbour line and also on the western line.
The winds were so strong that the iconic signage of the BSE building toppled. The head of the exchange Ashish Chauhan tweeted saying they are seeking the help of fire brigade to ensure that the signage doesn't fall to the ground and injure anyone or create property damage.
Here are the latest updates and developments on Mumbai rains today:
JNPT: Owing to inclement weather and above normal gusts of wind, there has been damage to three cranes of JNPCT terminal of JNPort. However, there have been no injuries and everyone is safe. Exact damage is being ascertained.
The MeT department has warned of an intense spell of 30 to 50 mm rainfall per hour with strong winds in Mumbai and suburban areas.
As per an alert issued by the India Meteorological Department at 6 pm, strong winds could reach up to 70 to 80 km per hour speed and occasionally gust to 100 km per hour in the next three to four hours.
This intense spell could result in heavy water-logging and flooding in low-lying areas of the city and suburbs, disrupting road and rail traffic.
The department also warned of the possibilities of tree falls, landslides and dangers to old and dilapidated structures.
15 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are being deployed in Maharashtra in wake of rainfall.
4 teams (2 enroute) in Kolhapur, 2 teams in Sangli, 5 teams (2 enroute) in Mumbai & one each in Satara, Thane, Palghar & Nagpur.
There are two local trains are stuck between Masjid and Bhaykhala local stations in Mumbai due to water on tracks.
150 passengers from first local going from CST to Karjat have been rescued by Railway staff. Some are still to be rescued.
Another local which is coming from Karjat to CST is stuck at about 60 mtrs from Masjid station which may have 50-60 passengers. Water is about 2.5 to 3 feet deep.
1 team of 5 BN NDRF u/c Ashish, DC from Andheri have moved for the spot.
Outside State Secretariat in South Mumbai. Near Nariman Point
6:00 pm The signage on top of BSE building has toppled due to heavy wind and incessant rainfall.
Ashish Chauhan, chief executive officer, BSE, in a tweet said the exchange is seeking the help of fire brigade to ensure that the signage doesn’t fall to the ground and injure any one or create property damage for anyone.
6:30 pm: Mumbai Airport operations update in view of the heavy rains:Cancellations = 0Diversions = 0Go-arounds = 7
Afternoon report:Heavy rains lashed parts of Mumbai and neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts of Maharashtra on Wednesday, affecting some local train and bus services due to water-logging on rail tracks and roads, officials said.Dahanu in Palghar recorded over 350 mm rainfall in the 12-hour period ending at 5.30 am on Wednesday while some areas in Thane received over 150 mm during the period, the IMD said, and predicted more intense showers during the day. Water-logging was reported in low lying areas of Chembur, Parel, Hindmata, Wadala and other areas of Mumbai.Train movement on the Western Railway route in Palghar was affected due to heavy rain in the morning. There was "minor disruption" at Palghar from 5.40 am to 7.10 am due to 266 mm rain in two hours and hence, a few trains were regulated en route, Western Railway's chief spokesperson Sumit Thakur said. According to railway sources, suburban services were stopped due to water-logging on tracks at Palghar station. Thakur, however, said despite heavy rains in various suburbs, the Western Railways suburban services were running normal between Churchgate and Dahanu Road.Other areas which received heavy showers during the day were Bandra (26 mm), Powai and Charkop (24 mm each). The rainfall was 8.6 mm in Colaba (south Mumbai) and 9.4 mm at Dadar, the IMD data showed.While the IMD warning for Mumbai is only for Wednesday, that for Thane, Palghar and Nashik is for Wednesday and Thursday, the official said. Extremely heavy rainfall is defined as rainfall of above 204.4 mm in 24 hours.Heavy rains lashed parts of Mumbai and neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts of Maharashtra on Wednesday morning, and the weather department has predicted more intense showers during the day in view of the thick cloud
over the region.The weather station at Dahanu in Palghar recorded 364 mm rainfall in the 12-hour period ending at 5.30 am on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai centre's deputy director-general K S Hosalikar said. Besides, the weather station at Bhayander in Thane recorded 169 mm rainfall while the one at Mira Road reported 159 mm during the same period, he said.As per IMD's website, Thane city, Dombivli and Kalyan areas, which are part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), received more than 120 mm rainfall during the same period.Mumbai city and suburbs like Bandra and Kurla received rainfall in the range of 30 mm to 70 mm in the last 12 hours.Here are some visuals of waterlogging at various places in Mumbai. IMD has predicted heavy downpour for today.Suburban train services on the harbour line were stopped on Tuesday morning due to water-logging on rail tracks while services on the western and central lines were also affected, a civic official said. Local trains in Mumbai and suburbs are currently being operated only for those involved in essential services in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.A landslide near suburban Kandivali disrupted vehicular movement from western suburbs towards south Mumbai, the official said. Taffic movement from Byculla to south Mumbai was also affected due to inundation at some places, he said.The Santacruz observatory in western suburbs recorded 254 mm rainfall since Monday night while the Colaba observatory in south Mumbai recorded 220 mm rain during the same period, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai, Deputy Director General K S Hosalikar said.The weather station at Mahalaxmi recorded 172 mm rain, while that at Vidyavihar reported 159 mm rain. Besides, the weather stations at Ram Mandir (near Goregaon in western suburbs) and Mira Road recorded a rainfall of 152 mm each. The other weather stations in north Mumbai and Thane also recorded over 150 mm rainfall. The trend would continue for the next 48 hours, the official said. The BMC has deployed high capacity water pumps to discharge water from streets in Byculla, Bhandup and some other areas, a civic official said.The civic body appealed to commercial and business establishments, except those involved in essential services, to remain shut in view of the heavy downpour. "Residents should also stay at home and avoid venturing out, the BMC said in a statement.Earlier, Mumbaikars were advised to avoid going out on August 4 and 5, said private forecaster Skymet Weather, adding that the intensity will start decreasing from August 6.Rain lashed Mumbai on Monday as the monsoon system active over the Arabian Sea strengthened and the weather department sounded a red alert that it will get intense in the metropolis and its suburbs during the next two days. Though Mumbai had been receiving intermittent rainfall, forecasting agencies said this would be the second spell of heavy rainfall this monsoon after a gap of a fortnight.
-with inputs from agencies