Mumbai back to work as rain stops, train services restored
Mumbai: A day after heavy downpour and flooding, life in Mumbai was back on track this morning with train services being restored on all the three suburban lines though more rains have been forecast for Saturday.
Ignoring drizzling, men and women streamed to suburban stations around the sprawling Metro to head for their offices and other places of work, which remained shut on Friday.
However, Maharashtra government has directed all schools and colleges in the city and neighbouring Thane district to remain close today.
A statement issued by Central and Western Railway said that all suburban services were running as per normal schedule including Harbour line and Trans-Harbour line in Central Railway.
On Friday, heavy rains pummelled country's financial capital and its suburbs during which two persons were electrocuted. 283 mm of rain, which is normally received in 10 days, was received in just 24 hours yesterday.
Normal life was brought to a grinding halt with several areas waterlogged and local train services cancelled leaving thousands of commuters stranded.
The met department has warned of heavy rains in next 24 hours.
"We have advised people to remain indoors on Saturday," Mumbai's civic body chief Ajoy Mehta said.
India's financial capital witnessed highest June rain in 10 years with 283.4mm (Santacruz) of rainfall in the 24 hours from 8.30am on Thursday to 8.30am on Friday. The earlier record was 209.6mm on June 24, 2007, highest in the decade.
"The city has witnessed unprecedented rainfall in the last 24 hours, more than that the city usually receives in 10 days. Mumbai witnessed 283 mm of rain in 24 hours," the city's Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta told reporters.
"Of the total annual average rainfall Mumbai witnesses, 10 percent of it has been received in 24 hours, which usually takes 10 days," he added.
Two persons have been reported dead in the city due to problems arising from heavy rainfall. According to an official of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) disaster management unit, a five-year-old boy and a 60-year-old woman died of electrocution in Wadala in central Mumbai.
(With inputs from PTI)