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Mumbai rains HIGHLIGHTS: Downpour kills 19, leaves 16 injured

Mumbai started crawling back to life as rainfall abated on Wednesday. Municipal authorities began clearing the roads and the suburban rail network started functioning again. A day earlier, Mumbai received more than 300mm of rain that led to waist-deep floods, paralysing the city, disrupting flights and leaving thousands of people stranded at workplaces, stations and in cars.

mumbai Updated: Aug 30, 2017 17:34 IST
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Cars pile up at Mumbai’s Dahisar on Wednesday.
Cars pile up at Mumbai’s Dahisar on Wednesday.(Pramod Thakur/HT PHOTO)

The weather bureau has said Mumbai can expect light to moderate showers on Wednesday as the monsoon clouds are heading north towards Goa and Gujarat.

The Meteorological department’s prediction came even as the flood-hit city tried to cope with the massive deluge that left vast areas under water and people stranded overnight at train stations and offices.

Between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm on Tuesday, the Santacruz weather station, representative of the suburbs and rest of Mumbai, recorded 331.4 mm rain, categorised as ‘extremely heavy’. Colaba, representative of south Mumbai, recorded 101.8 mm during the period. The rainfall this time is expected to surpass the 24-hour August record of 346.2 mm received on August 22, 1997.

The downpour brought Mumbai and its satellite towns to a standstill on Tuesday, disrupting rail, road and air services. A two-year-old was killed in building collapse in Vikhroli’s Varsha Nagar while two died in another house collapse in Surya Nagar.

Here are the highlights:

4.56pm: 19 people lost their lives and 16 others were injured after heavy rains lashed Mumbai on Tuesday.

4.33pm: Between 8.30am on Tuesday and 8.30am on Wednesday, the Santacruz weather station, representative of the suburbs and Mumbai, recorded 331.4mm rain, which was is the highest 24-hour August rain in a decade. During the same time, Colaba recorded 111mm rain.

4.17pm: 30-year-old lawyer Priyen found unconscious in his car near Sion. Declared dead on arrival at Sion hospital.

4.06pm: 5,000 metric tonnes of garbage removed from roads, public places and beaches in Mumbai

4.05pm: 50 sewer pumping stations were in operation on Tuesday, apart from five stormwater pumping stations, says Mehta

4.04pm: See a doctor in case of fever, headache or vomiting, says Mehta

4.02pm: It is a once-in-10years-phenomenon, says BMC chief Ajoy Mehta

3.40pm: Main runway operations resume

3.33pm: Two die in accident on Mumbai-Pune expressway. Traffic comes to a halt

3.29pm: Thane police urge people to stay indoors

3.25pm: Hordes of people waiting for long-distance train at Thane railway station

3.18pm: Singer Lata Mangeskar lauded the efforts by locals and religious places in Mumbai to help people seeking shelters after the city was flooded due to heavy rains.

“People of Mumbai stood united, all religious places of different religions opened their gates for those seeking help during heavy rain yesterday (Tuesday). This view of brotherhood has touched my heart. I would like to salute all of them,” Mangeskar tweeted on Wednesday.

3.04pm: Main runway of Mumbai airport being repaired, secondary runway in use

2.57pm: WR local trains are running on all four lines. Some delay as speed restrictions being observed in some sections for safety

1.59pm: Central railway starts harbour line services between Kurla and Panvel. Services between CSMT and Kalyan start at 1.30pm

1.25pm: Jet Airway update: Situation at BOM airport is under control, weather conditions at BOM airport have improved. As per transport department 50 percent of the drivers have reported for duty. Cockpit crew are coming by company transport, some cabin crew are coming on their own. Flights are released as per crew reporting. Due to which flights are getting delayed. Maximum delays upto 2 hours. There are no diversions today out of Mumbai of 9W and other airlines. As informed earlier, the total number of flights cancelled is 19 today.

13.10pm: Helicopter operations resume at Juhu aerodrome, main runway 08-26 operational. However, fixed wing aircraft operations remain to be shut: Juhu Aerodrome Official

12.55pm: 16 trains commencing on August 30, 31 and September 1 cancelled due to operational reasons and heavy rains in Maharashtra: Chief PRO, Northern Railway to ANI.

12.50pm: Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport is running 55 extra buses to ferry people to Mumbai, Kalyan and Dombivli from the satellite city.

12.25pm: Traffic moving slow at the Sion flyover (northbound) due to road repair work: Mumbai Police

12.20pm: Wall collapse in Ghatkopar (West) on Tuesday killed one, injured three of same family: BMC monsoon report.

11.55am: Shiv Sena terms downpour and flooding a natural calamity in an editorial in the Saamna, the party’s mouthpiece.

11.44am: Three bodies recovered in a Thane nullah on Wednesday: Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of TMC.

11.39am: Heavy rainfall forecast over Gujarat, Konkan, Madya Maharashtra, southwest Madhya Pradesh and southeast Rajasthan over next three days: IMD

11.30am: Mumbai police register a missing person case in connection with Dr. Deepak Amarapurkar of Bombay Hospital who has been untraceable since Tuesday morning: Mumbai police PRO.

11.10am: Light showers begin in eastern and western suburbs

11.04am: Pattern of rainfall on Tuesday, Wednesday: IMD

8.30am to 11.30am: 86mm 

11.30am to 2.30pm: 40mm

2.30pm to 5.30pm: 171.6mm

5.30pm to 8.30pm: 18.2mm

8.30pm to 11.30pm: 6mm

11.30pm to 2.30am: 6.2mm

2.30am to 5.30am: No rainfall

5.30am to 8.30am: 3.2mm

11am: Man dies after falling into an open manhole on Dadar’s Matkar road. Police register case on account of eyewitness: ANI

10.58am: Eastern Expressway on Wednesday morning:

10.52am: Charges waived on all tickets issued on or before August 28 and 29 for travel to and from Mumbai has now been extended till August 31: Air India Spokesperson

10.51am: BMC order: All ward officers to kindly ensure cleanliness on war footing. Pl make sure that all transport vehicles I.e. Large, small compactors and closed vehicles are in operation.

10.50am: After Tuesday’s downpour and flooding, a nullah at Vikhroli east:

10.40am: Senior Airport Authority of India official says Juhu aerodrome closed after inspection. Water is not being pumped out due to MCGMs overflowing nullah, operations called off, adds official.

10.30am: Juhu aerodrome struggling to pump out water as BMC nullahs are over flowing. However, aerodrome is operational: Airport Authority Of India official

10.25am: Four persons were washed away in separate incidents in Mumbai since Tuesday: PTI quoting police. The incidents were reported from Dahisar, Kandivli, Malad and Dadar.

10.13am: Thane police tweet: Helpline numbers of #Thane City Crtl to contact in distress 022-25443535/25449636/25442828/25442121/103/100/1090

10.12am: Heavy rainfall starts in Thane.

10.10am: Mumbai Police tweet: If your car is out of fuel/ stranded #Diall100 or 8454999999 or tweet us for free towing till the nearest fuel pump or garage.

10.10am: Several people reported missing since Tuesday, including:

--Shrimati Saraswati Korde of Kandivali East.

--Madhav T. Vaidya of Mulund

--Dr Deepak Amrapurkar of Bombay Hospital

10.05am: “All Flights in Mumbai delayed today since morning due to rains... Delays of around half an hour. Yesterday’s flights to Muscat AI 985 and AI 342 Singapore being operated today at 11.30am and 2.30 pm today,” says Dhananjay Kumar, Air India spokesperson.

10.01am: Bodies stuck under in nullah (drain) in Jail Talao,Thane West, fire brigade and other teams reaching the spot: Regional disaster management department.

10am: Operations are normal at Mumbai Airport as of now: Airport PRO tells ANI

9.55am: Train/metro update from Mumbai Police

1) Versova - Ghatkopar metro running smoothly

2) Western Railway running slowly without barrier.

3) Central Railway - Thane to Kalyan, Thane to Kura and Kurla to Dombivali running

4) CST to Kalyan running

5) Panvel to CST Harbour trains are running slowly.

9.48am: 4 dead and 12 injured in various train-related incidents on Tuesday: Mumbai Police

9.35am: Local trains operating with delay of 20 minutes on Western Railway due to speed restrictions.

9.32am: Special suburban local for Karjat left CSMT at 8.30 am. Local trains on Central Railway operational.

9.28am: Water logging is clear all over. Traffic is normal: Mumbai Police PRO

9.25am: Navy community kitchens are providing food at Churchgate, Byculla, Parel, CST, Worli, Tardeo, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Mankhurd, Chembur, Malad and Ghatkopar this morning.

9.20am: Two more dead in Vikhroli house collapse, taking toll to three. The total number of casualties reported so far is five, including two deaths because of a landslide in Surya Nagar.

9.08am: Trains running now on Harbour Line: ANI

9.07am: Dabbawalas won’t operate today as they were not able to collect lunch boxes they delivered yesterday: Subhash Talekar,spokesperson

8.56am: Mumbai received only 21mm rain between 8.30pm and 5.30am:Skymet.

8.52am: South Gujarat and other areas may experience heavy rains.In the afternoon, North Konkan region, including Mumbai, may experience light rain, KS Hosalikar, DDG IMD tells ANI.

8.50am: Mumbai is not going to see rains for a few hours as the monsoon clouds have moved towards north: KS Hosalikar, DDG IMD.

8.40am: Now chances of heavy rain in Mumbai are less as low pressure area is moving towards south Gujarat.

8.35am:

8.25am: Waterlogging only in Kalanagar, Bandra East, as of now: BMC disaster

7.56am: Indian Navy personnel distribute breakfast and tea to people at CSMT station.

7.50am: CSMT - KYN special leaves Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus at 7.26am.

7:49am: BEST is operating extra buses from CSMT towards Thane via eastern free way on Routes C8 and C42: BEST PRO

7:48am: Central railway has also resumed services from Kurla to Dombivali.

7:47am: Metro rail services also functioning normally between Andheri and Ghatkopar.

7:28am: Roads are normal all over Mumbai except a little waterlogging at Sion, say Mumbai Police.

7:28am: Light to moderate rainfall expected in Mumbai on today, ANI quotes the IMD as saying.

7:27am: Local train services resume on Western Line.

7:25am: All educational institutions in Mumbai will remain closed on Wednesday and officials have asked people to stay at home.Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis asked people to stay at home unless there is an emergency. Following instructions from state education minister Vinod Tawde calling for all school and college students to stay indoors, the University of Mumbai announced a holiday on August 30.

7:20am: The government issued an advisory detailing the dos and don’ts on a rainy Wednesday. #ICYMI

* Stay wherever you are i.e. home or office.

* Power failure is likely due to water logging thus keep mobile, laptop, power bank etc. charged.

* Keep food and water with yourself.

* If stuck in your car and if it is automatic then open its glasses before shutting it down.

* Inform your family about your whereabouts.

* Take shelter at secure places such as school, college, religious place etc.

*Avoid walking on flooded roads as it is risky.

* Help children and senior citizens.

7:17am: News agency ANI has reported that the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) will remain open on Wednesday. CM Fadnavis said that only those government employees, who handled critical departments and essential services, would be on duty on Wednesday.

Commuters’ nightmare

After heavy rains, people scurried for cover and waded through waterlogged roads to get home, holding onto guardrails to avoid falling into manholes. The mayhem brought memories of a similar but bigger catastrophe in 2005 that killed more than 500 people.

The downpour flooded tracks of all three suburban railway system — Central, Western and Harbour lines — the city’s lifeline that carries more than seven million commuters every day.

Flights were delayed by over 45 minutes, at least six cancelled and as many diverted as runways of the city’s busy airport were inundated. Officials at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport said heavy rain, strong winds and poor visibility disrupted air traffic.

Passengers of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express had a lucky escape as nine coaches of the train derailed near Asangaon, about 70km north of the city.