Mumbai marooned in monsoon rains, social media helps people connect

Air, train and road traffic hit as the city get waterlogged due to continues rains and high tide

GN Bureau | June 19, 2015


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Mumbai weathers it every monsoon with bit of help from the administration. Friday was no different. Suburban trains are lifelines of India’s commercial hub Mumbai and they stood still on tracks due to heavy rains. Mumbai city recorded around 170 mm and suburbs averaged around 155 mm rainfall till Friday morning.


Air traffic has been disrupted due to heavy rains and long distance trains have been severely hit with trains halted at various stations en route on the Mumbai to Gujarat, New Delhi, Nagpur, Pune and Goa routes. Many passengers missed their flights as they could not reach airport due to waterlogging. Flight arrivals and departures on Thursday were also delayed due to overnight heavy rains.

Schools have been closed and the municipal corporation appealed to people to not leave houses. Alert issued for high tide at 2.30pm as well. The weather bureau has forecast rain/showers for the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, people, orgnisations and media houses have taken to social media to post updates about train services, water logging, alerts about rains and roads. Many schools used their Facebook page to announce closure of schools while people posted pictures of marooned city.


While the Central Railway (CR), Harbour Line, and Western Railway (WR) managed to operate some trains in the early hours, they were delayed and later suspended in the city, rail officials and the BMC Disaster Cell said.

This is expected to affect lakhs of office goers who take both these services to travel towards the city.

Railway sources said it is difficult to say by when the services would be resumed.  "Suburban services are affected due to heavy rains and water-logging in several areas in Mumbai Central and Matunga. It is advised to all that commuters may travel only in case of emergency," Western Railway stated in a release.

Heavy water logging and flooding has been reported at various locations around the city including Dadar, Parel, Byculla, Mazagaon, Mahim, Santacruz, Juhu, Vile Parle, Worli, Sion, Chunabhatti, Andheri, Kurla, Borivali, Dahisar, Jogeshwari and other areas preventing movement of road traffic.

Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar said over 100 pumps are being operated to flush out the excess water and advised people not to ventures to beaches or near seashores.

Around 250 special buses have been deployed to ferry commuters who have been stranded in different parts of the city.

 

 

 

 

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